You may not realize that your engine uses a series of belts to create power. On the exterior of your engine is the serpentine belt, and closer to the interior is the timing belt.
Both belts require regular maintenance and inspection to stay in good shape.
Serpentine Belt Replacement
The serpentine belt is the long belt on the front of your engine. It turns the fan, water pump and other auxiliary units that make your car function properly.
The typical serpentine belt should be replaced every 12,000 to 15,000 miles in Las Vegas, although most people neglect to replace their belts until they break. You will know it's time to replace a serpentine belt if it appears to be dry and cracking, or if you start hearing squealing from any of the components beneath your hood.
Serpentine belts must be routed in a specific way to ensure proper tension and functionality of all components.
Timing Belt Replacement
The timing belt is the part of your engine that keeps all of the internal parts synchronized. These belts are more difficult to access, but are typically designed to go at least 50,000 miles between replacements. Timing belts are subject to stretching, cracking and breakdown. This can cause your internal engine components to become unsynchronized, which could lead to severe internal damage or complete lockup.
Replace the timing belt when your car begins idling inconsistently or is having difficulty starting. You may hear excessive engine noise, or experience difficulty operating your vehicle at low speeds.
Why Choose Reliable Auto Sales?
Reliable Auto Sales provides belt replacement in Las Vegas, Nevada for all makes and models of cars.
If you suspect a faulty belt, we can inspect your engine for obvious signs of damage. We can find you the right belts for your car and install them properly to prevent damage to both internal and external engine parts.
Make sure to ask us about belt inspections at your regularly scheduled maintenance milestones such as oil changes and tire rotations. This way you can stay on top of your belts and avoid a costly break before it inconveniences you.
Contact Reliable Auto Sales today to schedule a time to troubleshoot your engine belt problems.