Drive Belt Service in Hamilton, ON
Drive Belt Service at Upper James Toyota
Underneath the hood of your vehicle, there are a lot of moving parts that help it run and perform at its best. Drive belts are just a few of the important automotive parts your vehicle needs and without them, your vehicle would not be able to give you the reliability you want and need on the road. Many vehicles have between one and three drive belts. They include a timing belt, a serpentine belt and a V-belt. Each belt offers its own set of functions so, it’s important to understand the purpose of each belt to be able to recognize when it is not performing properly. Keep reading to learn more about the differences between these drive belts, what they do and when you should have them replaced.
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What Are Drive Belts and Why Does Your Vehicle Need Them?
A drive belt is a loop of flexible material that keeps your vehicle performing properly by sending power to several different parts of your engine. Below, you’ll be able to learn more about the three types of drive belts, what they do for your vehicle and how often they should be serviced or replaced in Hamilton, ON.
- V-Belt – A V-belt travels between engine accessories and is commonly found in older model vehicles. V-belts in older vehicles can power steering, air conditioning and other essential parts and systems.
- Serpentine Belt – A serpentine belt can send power to your vehicle’s steering pump, alternator, water pump and air conditioner compressor. Without this belt, these systems would not function properly.
- Timing Belt – A timing belt helps to link your vehicle’s crankshaft to its camshaft. A camshaft helps open and close engine valves while a crankshaft ensures your engine’s pistons can rotate. A timing belt should not be ignored and is a crucial component of your vehicle. As your vehicle gets older, its timing belt can wear down and may malfunction, which will cause costly engine repairs.
When Should You Replace Drive Belts?
To ensure that your vehicle’s drive belts can work and perform properly, we recommend replacing them every 100,000 kilometres. An annual vehicle inspection every year will help make sure your vehicle’s drive belts are inspected and evaluated for any sign of damage or severe wear and tear.
Schedule Drive Belt Service at Upper James Toyota
If your vehicle needs a new drive belt or a drive belt service in Hamilton, ON, please contact the service department at Upper James Toyota, today, to schedule a service appointment with our trained service staff. You may also use the form below to book your drive belt service.