Have you seen fluids on the ground under your car or hear new noises when you’re starting or driving your vehicle? It could be caused by a loose belt, bad belt tensioner, leaking gasket, or possibly a bad bearing. If you’ve experienced any of these issues, visit us at Express Auto/RV Care Center! Our ASE-certified technicians will be happy to do an inspection or take it for a test drive to determine the cause of the issue.
Why is Belt Maintenance Important?
Maintaining your serpentine belts, fan belts, and timing belts is important for keeping your car reliable and well-maintained, which is why we offer complete belt repair and replacement services. If any of the belts break or become too worn, you risk potential damage to important parts and components, like the engine, alternator, air conditioner, or power steering pump.
Worn belts also put you at a greater risk for inconvenient breakdowns and costly repairs. In some cases, belt failure can also cause a dangerous loss of power steering or cause the engine to overheat.
Some common signs you may need a belt replacement includes:
- A high-pitched screech or whirring sound when you start your engine
- Cracks in the ribbed portion of the drive belt(s)
- The starter won’t crank the engine
- Your car stops working all of a sudden
- Burning smell
The best way to prevent a belt failure is to have your belts inspected regularly. This allows us to catch small issues before they become large ones! Your belt replacement schedule is based on your vehicle’s make and model and can be found in your owner’s manual. Having trouble finding it? Not a problem! We’re happy to look up your scheduled factory maintenance guidelines and give you recommendations.
At the first sign of any issues, call or visit us at Express Auto in Yuma AZ!