Don’t you hate it when you hear that squeal from under the hood when you’re zipping down a busy Scottsdale freeway? It usually means there is a problem with the serpentine belt. The serpentine belt powers a lot of engine accessories. It runs the alternator – which charges the battery; the water pump – which cools the engine; the air conditioning and the power steering pump. All pretty vital parts. It is called a serpentine belt because it snakes around a bunch of engine components.
Serpentine belts are amazingly tough. They can last for years and go for tens of thousands of miles. Like all essential moving parts, however, they eventually wear out. If your belt breaks while you are driving around Scottsdale, everything will come to a halt within minutes. You need to stop the truck immediately or it will overheat, potentially causing costly engine damage. You can be sure that it won’t happen at a convenient time or place. (As if there was a convenient time or place!) You might even need to get your truck towed to Tech Plus Automotive. It’s no wonder that auto manufacturers recommend a belt replacement on schedule. It’s one of those “have-to’s.”
Scottsdale auto owners who hear a squeal when accelerating or a slow, slapping sound at idle, should have their serpentine belt looked at. Your service advisor at Tech Plus Automotive in Scottsdale will visually inspect your belt to see if it needs to be changed sooner than scheduled. If the belt has more than three or four cracks an inch, has deep cracks that penetrate half the depth of the belt, is frayed, is missing pieces or has a shiny glazed look, it needs to be replaced regardless of age or mileage.
Serpentine belt replacement is relatively inexpensive, especially compared with the cost and inconvenience of being stranded or getting a disabled truck back to Tech Plus Automotive for vital repairs.
You’re mom was right: an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure.
Tech Plus Automotive
7333 E Butherus Dr Suite B 200
Scottsdale, Arizona 85260