What is a Serpentine Belt?

February 26th, 2019 by

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Here at Midway Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, some Grand Island drivers have asked us, “What does a serpentine belt do?” Well, our service and parts experts are here to give you the rundown: a serpentine belt is a component in your vehicle’s engine that powers the steering pump, alternator, air conditioning compressor, and more. Just like any mechanical part in your car, it needs to be checked for issues and damage to ensure your car is running optimally. Learn what a serpentine belt does, and learn more about its warning signs, risks, and more at Midway Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram by Grand Island.

Signs That it’s Time to Replace Your Serpentine Belt

If you begin to experience any of these symptoms with your car, it’s likely time to bring it in for servicing to have your serpentine belt replaced:

  • Visible cracks in the rubber of the serpentine belt upon inspection
  • Chirping or squealing sounds
  • Failure of the power steering and air conditioning systems
  • Vehicle failure

What is the Lifespan of a Serpentine Belt?

Generally, modern serpentine belts last between 50,000 and 100,000 miles. However, this can vary depending on driving conditions and other factors, which is why it is important to be wary of adverse symptoms that can indicate a possible replacement.

What Will Happen if I Don’t Replace the Serpentine Belt?

If you don’t replace your serpentine belt after it has begun to show signs of wear and damage, the risk of multiple system failures increases, like the water pump, power steering, alternator, and air conditioner.

Schedule a Service Appointment at Midway Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Today

We hope we answered Grand Island drivers’ question, “What does a serpentine belt do?” Now you know the warning signs. If you’ve begun to notice signs of wear on your serpentine belt, or you need to have other maintenance tasks done like brake pad replacement, spark plug maintenance, oil change services, and more, turn to the experts at Midway Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Kearney for all your service needs. Explore our service specials online before you schedule an appointment at our state-of-the-art facility!


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