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Avoid Car Trouble with a Belt Check

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Avoid Car Trouble with a Belt Check

You may not see them, or know much about them, but engine belts are always working to keep your vehicle moving. Losing a belt can mean immediate trouble for the engine and a breakdown for you. To avoid being stranded, the non-profit Car Care Council recommends that motorists review the owner's manual to ensure that belts are inspected and replaced at the proper intervals.

A vehicle's belts are essential to the cooling, air conditioning and charging systems of the engine. Serpentine belts are used to turn the water pump, alternator, power steering and air-conditioning compressor. Older cars use V-belts for various accessories.

Always check serpentine and V-belts for looseness and their overall condition. Replace V-belts when cracked, frayed, glazed or showing signs of excessive wear. Noise in the belt system is a sign of wear and the smell of burnt rubber can indicate a slipping belt. When changing a serpentine belt, it is important to check all the components in the serpentine system as tensioners and pulleys wear at the same rate as the belt and should be inspected.

Typical serpentine belt replacement is 60,000 to 90,000 miles. Typical V-belt replacement is 40,000 to 50,000 miles. Replace timing belt per interval specified in the owner's manual.

"Why risk being stranded when a bad belt can be diagnosed with simple routine maintenance?" asked Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "Inspecting and replacing belts as specified in your owner's manual will help you avoid the hassle and expense of a sudden breakdown."

Source: Car Care Council

What People Say About Us

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    I have been a customer for many years. Dave ALWAYS takes care of our cars keeping them on the road. Very very honest. I have gone in requesting something be fixed and he has told me it didn't need it. An adjustment was all that was needed. I trust them with all of my repairs. You won't be disappointed. Give them a try.

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    Great place. Friendly staff. Fair prices. Highly recommend.

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    These guys are quick and efficient. Asked for my car to have a pretest and if it passes to go ahead and smog it. LOWEST price on smog in Visalia hands down. Check em out and you won't be disappointed!

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    Straight up and Honest... Can't ask for much more!

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    Can't say enough good about Dave, he's by far one of the most knowledgeable guys in the business.

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    Dave at Advanced Auto & Smog is great to do business with, very fairly priced, and does honest work. Highly recommend!

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