Auto Belt Repair and Maintenance
Dayes Automotive Center is your nearby mechanic delivering fast car repair in Phoenix at a discount price with all the quality and dependability you rely on. Proper belt car repair in Phoenix has to be done right because we are an extreme weather market and because cars tend to run HOT here.
Belt failure can cause an overheated engine, loss of power steering, and loss of the electrical charging system. If the belt turning the water pump snaps, the cooling system is inoperable. If the engine overheats, it can suffer serious internal damage that requires expensive repairs and can ruin a summer vacation to San Diego.
Overheating can occur anytime, but usually happens in the summer. Under the hood temperatures are much higher, and heat can trigger or accelerate deterioration of rubber compounds.
There's nothing worse than sitting by the side of the road waiting for a tow truck in Phoenix's 110+ heat with a car that overheated, so here are some things to look for:
Many elements attack belts—heat, oil, ozone, and abrasion. Almost all cars and trucks built today have a single multi-grooved serpentine belt that drives the alternator, water pump, power-steering pump, and air-conditioning compressor. Older vehicles may have separate V-belts that drive the accessories. Key milestones for V-belt failure rise dramatically after four years or 36,000 miles, while the critical point for a serpentine belt is 50,000 miles. Any belt should be changed when it shows signs of excessive wear. Unfortunately, many new composite belts don't show signs of wear until the failure occurs.
Tips for inspecting belts:
- Look for cracks, fraying, or splits on the top cover.
- Look for signs of glazing on the belt's sides. Glazed or slick belts can slip, overheat or crack.
- Twist a serpentine belt to look for separating layers, cracks, or missing chunks of the grooves on the underside.
Replacement belts should be identical in length, width, and number of grooves to the factory belt. Serpentine belts are usually kept tight with an automatic tensioner. Signs of a belt-tension problem include a high-pitched whine, especially when you start your car or when you are turning a corner. Without proper tension, belts will slip and generate heat or fail to turn the accessories.
Dayes Automotive Center believes in preventive maintenance. We always check belts in all the work we do. Our inspections are always free - we are passionate about quality car repair in Phoenix at a discount price. Call us today and we will show you how it is done right. Stay cool!