Drive belt wear can take out your power steering as well as your radiator’s and cabin’s cooling systems. Learn here what to look for to avoid these issues.
Today’s belt performs a specific job, transferring power from the crankshaft pulley to all accessories in the serpentine system. Power-hungry alternators, A/C compressors, power steering and water pumps all try … Continue Reading All About Engine Drive Pulley Alignment & Tension
Unbeknownst to many, automatic belt tensioners are actually a wear item, and therefore cannot be classified as a prototypical hard part. Internal components in the tensioner can fail, causing stress … Continue Reading Diagnosing Engine Drive Belt Tensioner Failure
The accessories on your vehicle’s engine are driven by a single belt that wraps around the pulleys. This is called a serpentine belt. Older vehicles used multiple drive belts called … Continue Reading Know How Notes – Serpentine Belt Replacement Tips
Your nose is an effective detective. When chemical molecules are released, smells enter your nose, dissolve within a mucous membrane and are immediately transferred to your brain to decipher. However, not all odors are easily interpreted, including certain odd car smells that could signal an even greater problem…
What’s that sound? Your vehicle, which usually purrs like a kitten, has started squeaking like a mouse. If it happens when your car is running, but not moving, it’s most likely an issue with a belt. If your car is making unusual sounds, you might have a belt issue. Here’s what to look (and listen) for…
Solid Serpentine Alternator Pulleys and Automatic Belt Tensioners were first utilized by Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in 1979. Their sole purpose was to transmit power to the alternator using one … Continue Reading Alternator Pulley Evolution
A bad water pump will ruin your engine in short order. Know the signs of failure to avoid a catastrophe.
Learning how to check belts on a car is a fairly straightforward process — and a valuable preventative maintenance skill.
Your engine’s accessory drive belt is tasked with a lot of responsibility. Not only does it have to connect several spinning pulleys at the front of your motor and keep them moving quickly enough to power important components like the alternator, the water pump and the power steering pump…