The serpentine belt is a single, continuous belt that drives multiple devices in your engine, such as the alternator, power steering pump, water pump and air conditioning compressor. If your serpentine belt breaks, all of these systems will shut down and your vehicle will overheat. A regular inspection and possible serpentine belt replacement from a Mobile Auto Truck Repair Omaha technician will allow all these vital systems keep you and your vehicle on the road.
Serpentine belts are built to last – much longer than before because of advancements in rubber technology. Under ideal conditions, a belt should stick with you for an average of 60,000 to 100,000 miles.
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A serpentine belt, also known as a multi-vee, poly-v, or multi-rib belt, is a single, continuous belt used to drive multiple peripheral devices in an automotive engine, such as an alternator, power steering pump, water pump, air conditioning compressor, air pump, etc.
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If your serpentine belt were to break, your battery would die in a few miles. If it runs your fan or water pump, your engine could overheat. And steering and braking could be more difficult. Obviously, the best thing is to replace your serpentine belt before it breaks.
Typical Serpentine Belt Replacement costs: Hiring a mechanic to replace a serpentine belt typically costs about $60-$200 or more. This includes $25-$75 for the belt plus half an hour to an hour of labor, at $75-$120 per hour. The job could even take longer on some vehicles, if the belt is difficult to access or install quickly.
Mobile Auto Truck Repair Omaha charges only $60 labor plus part costs.
A symptom that indicates the serpentine belt may need replacing is an unfamiliar noise or screech from the engine compartment caused by a frayed, split or worn out belt. Mobile Auto Truck Repair Omaha technician visually inspect the serpentine belt for fraying, splitting, glazing (the working edge of the belt becomes shiny from age and wear) or any other damage. If necessary, your Mobile Auto Truck Repair Omaha technician will remove the old serpentine belt and install a new one.
Your serpentine belt runs vehicle systems such as your power steering, alternator, water pump and air conditioning. Even a slight loss of serpentine belt material can cause loss of power to systems and parts.