When to Replace a Serpentine Belt

Serpentine Belt

Serpentine belts are made to last. So, are you wondering how long a serpentine belt lasts? You might have to wait for 50,000 to 100,000 miles. Serpentine belts are made of firm rubber, however, like all things, it too, has a life expectancy. Over time, heat and friction cause the serpentine belt to break down. When you need to replace a worn serpentine belt, schedule a service appointment with us at Sterling Acura of Austin.


What Does a Serpentine Belt Do?

A serpentine belt needs to work correctly for other systems in your vehicle to work. But what does a serpentine belt do? It is a long and winding belt that powers the alternator, steering pump, water pump, and air conditioning system.

Signs of a Failing Serpentine Belt

Before the serpentine belt completely fails, there are some standard warning signs to look out for! When you see the following red flags, visit our service center near Buda!

  • Squealing Sounds: If you hear squealing sounds, it could be stretching or have low tension. The belt may not be connected to the pulley correctly.
  • Wear and Tear: When you look at the serpentine belt and see cracks, peels, tears, etc.
  • Systems Failure: Your serpentine belt needs immediate replacement if your power steering or air conditioning fail to work.
  • Complete Breakdown: When a serpentine belt breaks down, so will your vehicle. Stay safe on New Braunfels roads by listening for preventative signs.

Serpentine Belt and Pulley


What is a Belt Tensioner?

A belt tensioner uses a spring and pulley system. Together, creating tension to prevent damages to the serpentine belt. A belt tensioner keeps the belt in place to avoid loosening or shifting. The chances of a serpentine belt replacement increase without a belt tensioner. A belt tensioner protects the serpentine belt.

Schedule Auto Service at Sterling Acura of Austin!

Prevent system failures and costly repairs by checking on your serpentine belt. If you suspect there is an issue with the belt, have our service center take a look. Our technicians are ready to help you get back on the road safely. Contact us at Sterling Acura of Austin if you have any further questions about your serpentine belt, car battery replacements, or any Acura service needs. Have a peek at our new and used Acura inventory if you are looking to upgrade your vehicle. At Sterling Acura of Austin, we are happy to serve our community.


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