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The drive belt in your car is responsible for transferring energy from fuel combustion to mechanical components of the engine, like the A/C compressor and fuel pump. Many car systems rely on the engine’s drive belt, one long belt that snakes between different parts. The advantage of this one-belt system over having different belts for each component is that it is more efficient, and the belt wears out less over time. The main disadvantage is that the belt breaking means all of the parts it moves fail. Unlike with old multi-belt systems, a car could often still function after a belt failed. Typically, you only need to replace a drive belt once or twice in a car’s life.
We have an on-site service center that can replace a worn drive belt at Bob Brady Buick GMC in Forsyth, IL. Our service center has experienced technicians, and we offer reasonable prices via our auto service coupons. Please schedule a time for drive belt replacement service on our calendar today.
The drive belt is sturdy, but nothing can withstand the constant work it takes to move a vehicle. Hopefully, you will only have to replace your drive belt once or twice the entire time you own your car. However, when the time comes, you will be better off if you replace it before it breaks. Once it breaks, it risks overheating your car, and your alternator will stop charging your battery.
You can find out when to get a drive belt replacement by consulting your manual. It will tell you where to find your drive belt in your car and what spec belt you need. Your manual’s recommended mileage for replacement will also vary depending on how you drive. The user guide might also give you pointers on how to put minimal strain on your belt. Each car is different, with some needing a new belt before they hit 50,000 miles. Other drive belts will last for much longer.
If your drive belt is worn, it will look cracked or have some holes in it. You might also hear it squeak while you are driving, especially during the rain. Since debris, including water and oil, can damage your drive belt, it is sometimes easier to replace than clean it when you have a fluid leak. Make an appointment for drive belt service if any of the above reminds you of your car while driving through Forsyth, IL.
You will want to get a new drive belt before it wears out. If your car seems like it needs a new one, or you are unsure what to look for, please come by Bob Brady Buick GMC. Schedule yourself on our calendar using our easy online form.