What is a Serpentine Belt?

Serpentine Belt

What does a serpentine belt do? Knowing more about this important part of your engine block is essential for keeping your vehicle running safely and effectively on Boca Raton roads. It powers your alternator, power steering pump, air conditioning compressor, and more. Read on to find out about when to replace your serpentine belt, and to find out about the risks you run when you ignore serpentine belt issues. Learn more about serpentine belts, and rely on Jaguar Palm Beach for automotive tips and questions, like why your car is leaking water and more!

How Long Do Serpentine Belts Last?

In normal conditions on a recommended maintenance schedule, most modern serpentine belts are able to last between 50,000 and 100,000 miles. However, depending on the road conditions, weather conditions, and other variants, this range can differ, which means it’s smart to keep an eye out for warning signs of damage to see if you need your belt replaced. If you take your vehicle in for routine maintenance in Delray Beach, the technicians will likely inspect for damage.

How Do I Know it’s Time to Replace My Serpentine Belt?

If your serpentine belt needs to be replaced, you will likely witness one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Squealing and chirping sounds coming from under the hood of your car
  • Failure of vehicle systems like your power steering and air conditioner
  • Cracks and wear on the rubber of your serpentine belt when you pop the hood and have a look
  • Vehicle failure

What Happens if I Don’t Replace My Serpentine Belt?

If you don’t replace your serpentine belt when it shows signs that it’s time for a new one, then you’re risking the failure of a variety of different vehicle systems, including the power steering, alternator, water pump, and air conditioner.

Rely on Jaguar Palm Beach for Your Service Needs

If your serpentine belt breaks or needs replacing in Wellington, visit the Jaguar Palm Beach service center to ensure your vehicle functions properly. Be sure to also check our current service specials to save on your next service appointment. If you have questions about vehicle repairs or need any other service tips like how to clean car seats, reach out to Jaguar Palm Beach!

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