Serpentine Belt Service
Do you know that long belt that snakes around the front of your engine? It’s called the serpentine belt and it’s driven by the engine as it turns. It powers the alternator, air-conditioning compressor, and power steering pump. On some vehicles, it also runs the water pump, radiator fan and power brakes.
It’s a really important component of the engine, and if the serpentine belt was to break, then the battery will die in just a few miles. If it runs your water pump or fan, your engine could overheat, and the steering and breaking could become more difficult. Therefore, it’s important to replace your serpentine belt before it breaks. The owner’s manual recommends when it is safe to replace your serpentine belt, but how can you tell if you’re not a professional. That is why we are here for you.
Auto Excel is your number one auto service provider. We will inspect the serpentine belt to see if it’s in trouble of having any cracks. Cracks are still of concern but modern belt material doesn’t rack as often as old belts did. Therefore, we will inspect the required thickness of the belt with our special tools that measure the grooves in the belt to see if it needs replacement.
A warm belt can slip or be misaligned, hence, putting undue stress on the accessories it runs. Belt wear can’t always be seen but it can be measured by our trained and experienced technicians. Replacing your serpentine belt on schedule or when an inspection is warranted, it will keep you from an unexpected breakdown.