As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This is especially true for vehicle parts like serpentine belts, which can cause significant damage if they break. Contact Central Lube today by calling (919) 763-1377 (Clayton) or (919) 763-1378 (Smithfield) to set up an appointment with our experienced technicians, just a short drive away from Raleigh, NC.
Serpentine Belt Basics
The serpentine belt connects the engine’s crankshaft to a variety of other vehicle parts, such as the power steering, alternator, air conditioning, and water pump. It moves by friction, so when the belt becomes older or worn down, it ceases functioning properly. Serpentine belt noise is a result of lack of friction. If you can hear any kind of squeaking, chirping, or ticking noise coming from your belt, it’s time to replace it.
If your serpentine belt broke, you wouldn’t be going anywhere, so make sure you regularly inspect it for cracks and other damage. Foreign objects like bolts and flanges can harm your belt, as can small debris like pebbles. The belt’s rubber can also crack over time as the heat of your engine makes it brittle. Under-hood heat, accessory load, the quantity of accessories, and road debris also contribute to belt wear and tear.
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Most manufacturers recommend a serpentine belt replacement every 30,000 to 60,000 miles, or about every four years. However, if a technician at Central Lube notices a problem with your serpentine belt during your annual vehicle inspection, it’s best to have it changed immediately. The cost to replace the belt is insignificant compared to the costly damage that will result if it breaks unexpectedly.
If you suspect you need to replace a serpentine belt, contact Central Lube today at (919) 763-1377 (Clayton) or (919) 763-1378 (Smithfield) and schedule an appointment at one of our locations in Clayton or Smithfield, North Carolina. In addition to offering routine oil changes and other car services, such as engine flushing and wiper blade replacement, our locations are just a short drive away from Raleigh and Garner.