As car owners, we enjoy having different luxuries such as air conditioning, power steering, and the different functions powered by our alternator. In order to power the different accessories and electronics in your vehicle, the serpentine belt must be in good condition and operational. This belt sends power to your air conditioning, water pump, and power steering. While this belt has a significant lifespan, it does tend to wear out over time. If this belt breaks or snaps, these functions will not be able to properly operate and could be damaged without a proper serpentine belt.
When you take your vehicle in for a serpentine belt replacement service, you can expect to receive a new serpentine belt. If your belt is worn out, the technician will remove this belt and replace it with a new one. If the belt has snapped, they will need to inspect beneath the hood to find any pieces that may be left and then replace the belt. Any lingering pieces of the belt could get caught in the engine or radiator, causing significant damage. Because the tensioner bolt needs to be loosened to get the belt on, it could take anywhere from a half-hour to an hour for the service.
Signs You Need This Service
Have you started losing power to some of your functions, but find that your battery and alternator are in good working condition? If so, then the serpentine belt may need to be replaced. This belt is ribbed and designed in such a way to send this power to these different systems. If the belt smooths too much in one area, you could lose power. Also, it is meant to fit snugly around these systems, so if it starts to stretch during its wear, it could miss delivering power to certain functions. If your serpentine belt snaps while driving, you will hear a breaking sound and your engine will start to overheat quickly because the water pump is not able to cool it down. During a multi-point vehicle inspection, a technician can determine the condition of the belt, noticing if it is breaking or cracking.
Eastgate Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Service Center
At Eastgate Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, it’s important to us that everyone who comes to see us leaves with their car performing better and safer than before. We take our time to truly inspect the health of your vehicle and to get down to the root of any issues, not just the symptoms. Eastgate Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is happy to be the preferred certified service center, serving drivers in the Cumberland and Lawrence, IN areas.