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When Should You Replace the Serpentine Belt?

The serpentine belts in our vehicles play a significant role – they transfer power from the engine to various components like the alternator, power steering pump, A/C compressor, water pump, and so much more. Because this belt runs through all these various systems, this belt can sometimes be referred to as the accessory belt. Back then, the serpentine used to be made of neoprene. Whereas, the material on these belts today are sturdier and harder to diagnose.


Nevertheless, there will come a time when you will need to replace the serpentine belt, its tensioner, and/or pulley. When the tiny grooves on the serpentine wear off, you might notice it slipping here and there. As a result, your accessories will malfunction. Below is a full list of warning symptoms that a worn serpentine belt may give off:

  • Battery warning light illuminated
  • Trouble steering
  • Problems with car A/C
  • Squealing sounds from under the hood
  • Visible cracks on belt

It is so important that vehicle owners understand how essential the serpentine belt is for your vehicle’s overall performance. To avoid having to deal with the complications mentioned above, we highly advise that you change your serpentine belt on time. 


While it is possible for you to replace the serpentine belt on your own, we highly don’t recommend it. It can be a meticulous and challenging task, especially with how complex engine designs are nowadays. Back then, there used to be a lot of empty space under the hood for an easier application process. Instead, please bring your vehicle to the qualified auto mechanics at inMOTION Auto Care for your serpentine belt replacement. 


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