Keep it Running: All About Vehicle Driving Belts

Minit-Tune & Brake| Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Your engine is crucial to keep your vehicle moving. It is the heartbeat and energy source that gets you from point A to point B. There are a lot of parts that make up your engine and if something goes wrong with one of them, you could be dealing with an engine that just won’t work. The drive belt combines the function of all the components, so it is an important part to keep running smoothly. Most vehicles have one or two drive belts, and it is important to note any signs of wear or damage. Not sure what to look for? Read on below or schedule an appointment at Minit-Tune & Brake Auto Centres. Our tune-up packages and annual maintenance checks include an inspection of your driving belts by our trained technicians.

All About Your Drive Belts

Understanding the basics of your engine and drive belts will help you identify when it’s time for a repair. Here are some facts about your drive belts:

  1. What It Is and What It Does: Your engine may have one or two drive belts. Engines with a single drive belt are known as ‘serpentine drive belts’ because of their shape and the way they connect the different components of your engine. These belts are made of a durable material that is rubber based, but they are still susceptible to wear and tear over time. If worn out long enough, the drive belt can break.
  2. When to Replace: The drive belts typically last between 60,000 80,000 km, although some have been known to last longer. Ask your auto technician about the state of your drive belt at your regular auto maintenance appointment so that you don’t have to deal with a broken belt at an inconvenient time. If you are heading out on a long road trip or replace another component than your drive belt engages, it is a good idea to get it replaced at the same time.
  3. Signs of Damage: Cracks, cuts or missing chunks are signs that your drive belt is nearing the end of its life. If there is a squealing or squeaking noise a few moments after you start your engine, there may be an issue with your drive belt tension that should be looked at as soon as possible.
  4. Slow Down Damage: Certain conditions will make your drive belt wear out sooner. If it is exposed to water, dirt, excessive heat, or an oil leak, the belt will have a shorter lifespan. If the engine undercover is broken, wear will be accelerated.

Minit-Tune & Brake Auto Centres have a team of professional technicians to replace or repair your drive belts. Whether it has broken or is aging, we can diagnose the problem and find the solution with fast and affordable vehicle services. Visit one of our 16 locations across British Columbia to get your drive belt and entire vehicle working properly. Schedule your auto maintenance or vehicle repair service—book an appointment online or visit your local auto repair centre today.

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