A serpentine belt or multi-rib belt is routed around and is used to drive other essential parts of a car's engine. These
parts include the cooling fan,water pump, power steering pump, AC compressor and alternator.
This automotive belt is an essential part in your vehicle because if it is not in a workable condition, the car will stall.
Their life span ranges from 60,000 to 100,000 miles or up to five years. They are manufactured with noise-reduction
features due to the nature of their operation and are reinforced to stand up to years of service.
or squealing noises coming from under your car hood are one of the indications that your vehicle's serpentine
belt needs to be replaced. Other signs that you need a change include: when it is worn out (cracked and frayed)
and when it has run for more than the recommended time limit for the particular brand. Any change in the physical
condition of the belt will certainly affect its operation.
There are several reasons why a rib belt
may operate improperly resulting in a later need for replacement. If any fluids from the engine leak onto the
belt it can cause slippage and degrade the belt, depending on the nature of the particular fluid involved. Pulley
misalignment will also affect it because it is attached to a system of pulleys. In addition, the serpentine belt
tensioner can seize after years of service, throwing the belt off the pulleys. Unnecessary friction can also
wear down a serpentine belt.
If you'd like to replace your rib belt on your own, consult your vehicle’s
owner manual and study a belt routing diagram for proper installation. You can choose from a wide range of multi-rib
belts when you shop with us. The belt length, width and rib quantity vary for different car types, so determine
the right size for your car’s engine, and make sure you have the proper tools on hand. A serpentine belt tensioner
tool is available for loan at most Advance stores, to make installation much easier. After replacing your vehicle's
belt regularly inspect it to ensure it stays in good condition.