What is a Serpentine Belt?

Serpentine belt
 

What is a serpentine belt? It’s an important part of your vehicle’s engine block. What does a serpentine belt do? A serpentine belt 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. If you find out you need replacement serpentine belts, then make the trip to your Fisher Honda service center in Boulder, where we have Honda service specials going on near Louisville right now!

How Long Do Serpentine Belts Last?

So, now you know what a serpentine belt is, but how long can you expect your serpentine belt to last? Typically, most modern serpentine belts can last for between 50,000 miles and 100,000 miles. However, this can vary somewhat depending on the kind of weather and road conditions your car is subjected to in the Broomfield area, as well as other contingent factors that can be difficult to gauge. This is why it’s a good idea to keep your eye on symptoms so that it’s time to replace your serpentine belt.

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

We’ve covered the questions: What does a serpentine belt do? and How long do serpentine belts last? but when should you contact us at our Fisher Honda parts center to purchase a new serpentine belt? If your serpentine belt needs to be replaced, you’ll likely notice 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 Does a Serpentine Belt Do If It’s Not Replaced in Time?

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. Like a serpent, a serpentine belt slinks through your vehicle’s engine, powering a variety of systems. When the belt itself fails, so do some of your car’s components. Needless to say, this can be extremely dangerous for you and other Longmont drivers if it were to happen while you’re on the road. 

Get Your Serpentine Belt Replaced at Fisher Honda

If you’ve experienced any of the issues listed above, it’s likely time to bring your vehicle in for a serpentine belt replacement at Fisher Honda, your local Honda service center. If you have maintenance-related questions about servicing your Honda, then contact us online for answers, and as always, if you’re looking to upgrade, explore our brand new and pre-owned Honda inventory!

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