When you inspect your vehicle, it is important to check all the parts and components. The belts should be checked because they allow the vehicle to operate efficiently and effectively. They help the engine to run smoothly so the power can be distributed throughout the vehicle. It is always best to bring your vehicle in so we can take a look at everything with it, that way we can help to prevent issues that may occur down the road.
The timing belt allows the crankshaft to turn the camshaft. It opens and closes the valves in a synchronized movement with the engine’s pistons. If the timing belt happens to snap, the engine will stop working completely. This usually causes major damage to the engine. The serpentine belt powers the air conditioning compressor, power steering pump, cooling fan, and several others. When the serpentine belt breaks, all of the parts that the engine power will stop. This is a serious problem as it can cause your engine to overheat and become damaged.
Any odd noises to your vehicle are an indication that there is damage. The power steering can stop working if a belt slips or breaks. Also, your engine can lock up if the belt comes off at any point in time. If you notice the belt squealing, especially on the fan or air conditioner, you should get your vehicle in as soon as possible so we can check where the issue is. Belts can also break down with excessive heat, mileage, or age. By having it inspected, you can help prevent an unexpected breakdown when you drive.