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A belt for a car

Your vehicle has many moving automotive parts underneath its hood, so it’s understandable you won’t know what they all do. To help yourself as a vehicle owner, you should know more about some of them so you can keep your vehicle performing the way it was designed to. Another reason you’ll want to learn more about some of your vehicle’s automotive parts is so you can get a better understanding of what they do and when they need to be replaced. Some of the parts under the hood of your vehicle, specifically your drive belts, offer a special purpose that helps keep your vehicle and some of its systems working properly. Keep reading to learn more about what drive belts do and when you should replace them, so you can be prepared.

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What Do Drive Belts Do?

Your vehicle uses different drive belts with each one controlling its own unique functions. Three types of drive belts can be found, including a serpentine belt, a timing belt and a V-belt. V-belts are not as common as they used to be as they are now really only found in older model vehicles. Below, you’ll find valuable information about the purpose of each drive belt, so you can get a better understanding of what these crucial components do.

Signs of a Failing Drive Belt

Some of the most common signs of a failing or faulty drive belt can be found below.

Timing Belt:

  • Oil Leaks
  • Misfiring Engine
  • Ticking Noise From the Engine

Serpentine Belt:

  • Engine Overheats
  • Power Steering Not Working
  • Visible Damage on Drive Belt
  • Squealing Sound Under Your Hood
  • Malfunctioning Air Conditioning System

When Should You Change or Service Your Drive Belts?

Most automotive maintenance schedules recommend you replace your drive belts every 100,000 kilometres. Your drive belts should also be inspected on an annual basis to ensure they are in good shape. Please follow your vehicle’s manufacturer schedule.

If you would like to learn even more about drive belts, please contact Upper James Toyota, today, to speak with a professionally trained service technician. Our service department uses the latest technology and certified OEM parts to ensure that your vehicle gets the quality automotive service it deserves.

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