Posted February 1, 2020
There are several components in the various systems housed within your engine, all of which need to be operating effectively in order to make your motor run and get your vehicle from Point A to Point B.
While you’re most likely familiar with the more prominent components in your engine (transmission, etc.), the smaller or less obvious parts that help your vehicle run smoothly also need to be tended to regularly and should be included in your maintenance schedule.
One engine component that many drivers are unfamiliar with is the serpentine belt. Typically comprised of rubber and guided by hydraulic (or spring-loaded) belt tensioners or idler pulleys, serpentine belts connect your alternator, water pump, power steering system AND air conditioning unit to your crankshaft and transfer power from your engine to these vital components.
Since these belts perform such an important task, having them inspected and changed out regularly is extremely important to your vehicle’s health. If they wear out and snap from constantly being exposed to the intense heat produced by your engine, your engine can shut down completely and cost you a lot of money in repairs to the various systems supported by serpentine belts.
Signs your serpentine belt needs to be replaced include loss of power, noticeable vibrations, audible squealing and steering difficulties. If you notice any of these warning signs or think it’s time for your serpentine belt to be replaced, be sure to schedule an appointment at Kenny’s Lakes Area Auto Experts by clicking HERE or by giving us a call at (248) 668-1200! Our friendly, ASE-certified technicians can help you set up a proactive preventative maintenance plan for your vehicle that will include serpentine belts as well as several other components you may not be aware of but perform important tasks for your engine.