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Avoid Car Trouble with a Belt Check

Avoid Car Trouble with a Belt Check


You may not see them, or know much about them, but engine belts are always working to keep your vehicle moving. Losing a belt can mean immediate trouble for the engine and a breakdown for you. To avoid being stranded, the non-profit Car Care Council recommends that motorists review the owner's manual to ensure that belts are inspected and replaced at the proper intervals.

A vehicle's belts are essential to the cooling, air conditioning and charging systems of the engine. Serpentine belts are used to turn the water pump, alternator, power steering and air-conditioning compressor. Older cars use V-belts for various accessories.

Always check serpentine and V-belts for looseness and their overall condition. Replace V-belts when cracked, frayed, glazed or showing signs of excessive wear. Noise in the belt system is a sign of wear and the smell of burnt rubber can indicate a slipping belt. When changing a serpentine belt, it is important to check all the components in the serpentine system as tensioners and pulleys wear at the same rate as the belt and should be inspected.

Typical serpentine belt replacement is 60,000 to 90,000 miles. Typical V-belt replacement is 40,000 to 50,000 miles. Replace timing belt per interval specified in the owner's manual.

"Why risk being stranded when a bad belt can be diagnosed with simple routine maintenance?" asked Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "Inspecting and replacing belts as specified in your owner's manual will help you avoid the hassle and expense of a sudden breakdown."

Source: Car Care Council


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Spatig Bros towed my van for me after I hit a deer. Because I was an hour from home, I had nobody there to pick me up. He took me to his shop where he offered me coffee, water and a soft chair then proceeded to do his work. He checked on me every 5 minutes or so just to make sure I was okay and then spent several minutes going over the damage to my car with me. He was incredibly kind both at the scene and at the shop and made a really hard morning that much easier. Great customer service!

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Great people, great service. You'll never find anyone better.

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My truck broke down today heading through mink creek. The owner came and took care of us. He was very professional and extremely nice. The ride back in his truck was comfortable. He has a great personality that definitely helps get you in a better mood after a bad day. Rates were very good too. I would definitely recommend. But I hope I never need him again.

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