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Modern engines rely on a single belt to deliver engine power to various engine accessories, including the water pump, alternator and power steering pump. The modern serpentine belt is a simpler and stronger version of the multiple V-belts used on older engines. Like any other wear item, you’ll eventually need to replace the serpentine belt once it shows clear signs of wear and tear. If you’re in Gun Barrel City, Texas, the certified technicians at Elder Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Cedar Creek will take care of your vehicle’s maintenance needs, including serpentine belt replacement.
Driving with a worn-out serpentine belt could put your vehicle at risk of a sudden breakdown. Worn belts can slip or break, causing the alternator and other engine accessories to stop working. If the water pump stops working due to serpentine belt failure, for instance, your engine could overheat or face worse damage. Worn belts can also shred apart during a failure, potentially damaging engine accessories and other nearby components. A regularly scheduled serpentine belt replacement reduces these risks while ensuring your vehicle performs as it should.
While sudden serpentine belt failures can occur, cumulative wear and tear is the most common failure mode for modern serpentine belts. With enough years and mileage, cracks can form along the belt’s rubber surface. You may also start to hear chirping and squealing noises from the belt, especially if the belt becomes misaligned or slips due to excessive wear.
You may also see cracks form along the ribs on the underside of the serpentine belt. The ribs can also wear down similar to how tire treads wear over time. You may even see missing chunks of belt rib, which could cause the belt to become misaligned. Upon seeing any of these signs, you should have your serpentine belt inspected and, if necessary, replaced as soon as possible.
Don’t let a broken serpentine belt strand you in Kaufman, Kemp, or Athens. When the time comes for your serpentine belt replacement, let the knowledgeable experts at Elder Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Cedar Creek take care of it. Our service department is open Saturdays for convenient service, plus you can count on our Express Lane service to get you in and out fast. Our Genuine Mopar Parts Department will have the right belt for your vehicle, plus any other parts and accessories you need for your vehicle. Use our online service scheduling tool to schedule your next service with us today.
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