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Have you ever heard a chirping sound coming from your car (and no, it’s not an animal stuck in there) or had vehicle failure and weren’t sure why? It could be your serpentine belt. Rest assured, Jiffy Lube® is here to uncover what’s going on under that hood.
Now, you might be thinking, “what is a serpentine belt?” Well, you’ve come to the right spot. A serpentine belt (also known as a fan belt) transfers rotational power from your engine’s crankshaft to multiple places, including your alternator, power steering pump, and air conditioning compressor. It may also power your engine water pump.
If you’re still asking yourself “what is a serpentine belt?”, picture a long, black rubber band that is attached to your crank pulley, that’s the serpentine belt. Starting from there, it makes its way around the front of the engine, delivering power to the vehicle accessories. And, you guessed right from the name, it snakes around under the hood resembling a serpent. Another important piece to the process is the tensioner and pulley, which in most cases are there to ensure your serpentine belt is at the optimum tension and tightness to efficiently transfer power.
To fully understand “what is a serpentine belt?”, let’s look under the hood.
This depends on the type of vehicle you drive, your driving habits as well as the conditions you drive in most often, and how long it’s been since the last serpentine belt(s) were replaced. Typically, most modern serpentine belts can last between 50,000 to 100,000 miles.
It’s a good idea to check the condition of your serpentine belt on a regular basis to avoid serious damage.
The best way to keep your serpentine belt performing at its best is by being proactive and knowing the warning signs. Watch out for symptoms that your serpentine belt may need replacing, such as:
It’s good to recognize when to replace the serpentine belt, because ignoring the signs of a failing serpentine belt can cause further damage to your vehicle, like:
Life gets busy, you’ve got enough to focus on, so looking out for the warning signs and regularly checking the quality of the belt are great first steps. And you’re not in this alone, ask the experts at Jiffy Lube® to check your serpentine belt during routine inspections. They’ll be able to diagnose and fix the problem and will tell you when to replace the serpentine belt.
Plus, replacement is relatively easy, and if you’re wondering how long does serpentine belt service take, it’s less than an hour for most vehicles. Let the Jiffy Lube® experts handle the hard stuff, so you can get back on the road in no time!
Now that you feel more confident answering the question, “what is a serpentine belt?”, you can find information on getting your car properly tuned up here.
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