A vehicle’s engine holds multiple mechanical components, such as the alternator, power steering pump, water pump, and A/C compressor. A drive belt drives all those components from the engine crankshaft pulley. The belt itself is made up of rubber that is designed to last for long periods of time. In fact, a drive belt can last for as long as 60,000 to 100,000 miles, or even longer.
Most vehicles have multiple drive belts (V-belt, timing belt, serpentine belt); however, a single belt is typically called a serpentine belt.
If you feel as if you might be on the market for a new drive belt, then feel free to take your vehicle into our service station at Walt Massey GM – Columbia. Our services are performed by experienced technicians who are all factory certified and highly trained.
Typically, you want the drive belts to be visually inspected during annual car inspections. If any signs or damage are identified, they need to be replaced. A bad serpentine belt will immediately be noticeable. Signs include a squealing noise from the front of your car, your power steering does not work, air conditioning ceases, and the engine overheats.
A defective timing belt will be noticeable thanks to ticking noises coming from the engine, the engine will not start, the engine frequently misfires, and oil leaks from the front of the motor. A bad V-belt will display the same symptoms of a bad serpentine belt.
If you notice any of these signs, then you need to take your vehicle to our service center before further damage occurs.
Along with drive belt replacements, our service center offers a host of services ranging from tires, transmission, brakes, batteries, oil changes, wheel alignments, and much more. We staff the best auto service technicians and carry genuine OEM parts and accessories.