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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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Kurt is a wonderful person & mechanic! He has very fair prices, does a great job, and is great at communicating. I will always bring my volvo there.
Kurt is a gem. Truly one of those people who is a benefit to the local community. If you own a Volvo, especially an older model, Kurt is your guy. He is invaluable in his knowledge, commitment to quality, and competence with any work your car may require. I took my classic Volvo to him on two occasions, and he went beyond the boundaries of what was originally specified for the work needed. He was able to identify key items that needed attention (not trolling for dollars - real things) and took care of them at the highest level of quality. Because of Kurt's attention to detail and diligence, my classic Volvo operates as new. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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Clean and very helpful, specializes in Volvo repairs. Great communication and gets your car back on the road safely.
Wonderful place! Kurt, the new owner, is very knowledgeable and will tell you exactly what your vehicle needs. Highly recommended.
, 06/15/2021