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Monthly Archives: April 2017

Serpentine and Drive Belt Failure

Your vehicle is a complex system of belts, gears, electronics, and moving parts that must work together in order to keep you safely on the road. One important component is the serpentine belt, also known as a drive belt. This connects and powers key systems like the alternator, air conditioning, power steering, and cooling system. Once the engine is running, it doesn’t stop until you turn off your vehicle. Maintaining your serpentine belts are incredibly important to the overall health of your car. If any of these belts fail, you are at serious risk of damaging vital systems, including the engine, alternator, air conditioner, and power steering pump. If you wait too long for a serpentine replacement, fan, or timing belt replacement, you’re facing expensive repairs. If the serpentine or drive belt breaks, your vehicle may not be able to run at all. If it is connected to the water pump, a broken belt will prevent the cooling system from working properly and your ... read more

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