How to tell if it’s Time to Replace Car Belts

Your car has different belts that keep the components running together. It’s important to know what kind of car belts you have and know when to replace them. Ask your local mechanic today about serpentine and timing belt replacement in Atascadero and Paso Robles.

Timing Belt

A timing belt ensures the components inside your engine move at the right time while the vehicle is on. A broken timing belt causes engine misfire and other related issues.

Timing Belt Replacement

Oil leakages often affect the timing belt before any other component in the vehicle. While timing belt breakage doesn’t cause oil leaks, it’s time to check the timing belt if any leakages occur.

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Have your belts checked with every oil change for belt maintenance.

Serpentine Belt

The word “serpentine” means snake. It is not, made of serpentine (an earthy mineral that looks like snake skin). This belt winds around 3 or 4 different pieces of the engine, including the power steering pump and the alternator. If the belt breaks, the components don’t synchronize, and could cause even further damage to your engine and other parts of the vehicle.

Serpentine Belt Replacement

The serpentine belt controls cooling components of the vehicle, overheating indicates belt failure. Engine overheating, A/C failure and loss of power steering could all be major indicators that the serpentine belt has failed.

Changing these belts during ownership of a vehicle is inevitable. Have your local mechanic check them with each oil change or maintenance visit. This prevents further damage to the rest of your vehicle.

Contact Us 

When you experience these symptoms, call the mechanics. Our experts at German Performance work on a variety of cars. A serpentine or timing belt replacement in Atascadero and Paso Robles is our specialty. Call (805) 466-3236 for repairs today.