A serpentine belt is a belt that runs through all major components of the vehicle. It transfers power through pulleys from the crankshaft of the engine. It also transfers power from any other component or pump that is mounted on the engine of the vehicle. For some vehicles, an idler pulley or a belt tensioner can also guide the serpentine belt for it to operate efficiently.
One major component that relies completely on the serpentine belt is the alternator. When the alternator on the vehicle is not functioning, the battery cannot be charged. This can result in your vehicle not starting when you will need it. Also, the serpentine belt can affect other components such as the water pump, power steering, fans, and power brakes. If the water pump goes out, this can cause the coolant to stop flowing, which is what helps to protect the engine from overheating and becoming damaged.
You can do a visual inspection of the serpentine belt to see how it is wearing. Noticing any wear can help make you aware for the possible need of the belt being replaced. The serpentine belt may show signs of wear by having more than three or four cracks per inch. If you notice the belt is frayed or missing pieces, the belt should be replaced as soon as possible. If you are not sure of the condition of the belt, make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you.
Any strange noise could mean that there may be something wrong with the vehicle. By noticing odd noises in the vehicle, you can help to keep the vehicle operating in the best condition possible. If you notice any odd noises, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as you can. This can help to prevent further issues from occurring. It can also help reduce the chance of other parts failing as well.
One indication of poor brakes is if you notice any noises coming from them. If the brake pads have become worn, they can start to make a noise. If this issue is ignored, the brake pads will eventually wear away. This can then make the sound of metal on metal, or a grinding sound. The noise is caused from the worn brake pads wearing against the brake rotors.
When the Wheels make Noise
If there is an issue with the brake pads, a squealing noise may come from the wheels. Through usage and miles, the brake pads will wear down. When they wear down to where they should be replaced, a band of metal will become visible. This will then come into contact with the brake rotors. It could also mean that other parts may be wearing against one another. Make sure to schedule an appointment to bring the vehicle in. We can inspect the vehicle for you.
Odd Sounds under the Hood
If a loud squeak or squealing noise comes from under the hood, it could mean that the belts are worn or slipping. The belts becoming loose cause the noise. They will then start to lose traction. If you notice that one side of the belt has become shiny or glazed, it could mean it is time to replace it. Any other noise coming from under the hood that is out of the norm could indicate that parts are rubbing against one another. By bringing in the vehicle at the first indication of an issue, you can help prevent further damage to the vehicle.
Part of the basic safety inspection for your vehicle should be inspecting the vehicle’s belts and hoses. They should be inspected for damages, cracks, or leaks that may have occurred over time. Hoses that are exposed to heat and fumes from the engine can cause them to harden. This can have the possibility to lead to leaks or cracks with the hoses. It is also important to check the belts for any tension or damage from normal wear and tear.
As you drive, be aware of any issues with the belts. When a belt is loose, you will hear a squeaking or squealing noise, especially when you accelerate rapidly. Sometimes the belts can make these noises if water, coolant, or oil has contaminated them. If this occurs, you will also need to see where the leak is coming from. This is important because if they are ignored the pulleys may be out of alignment.
Neglecting the hoses of your vehicle can lead to damage and overheating of the engine. You can inspect the hoses over for any holes or cracks. During this, you can also see if any of the hoses are leaking. This can occur with the hose, or at the ends where they connect. It is also important to look for any bulges or blisters. By feeling the hoses you will also be able to tell if they are too soft or hard. If the hoses are weakening, they will need to be replaced soon. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it for you.