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advice from Jeff’s Tips.
Spring & Summer are just around the corner! Yay!! You may not see them or know much about them, but Engine Belts are always working to keep your vehicle moving. Losing a belt can mean immediate trouble for the engine and a breakdown for you. To avoid being stranded the Car Care Council recommends motorists review the owners manual to ensure that the belts are inspected and replaced at the proper intervals.
Or when you bring your vehicle in for regular service, you can trust Jeff's is always looking your vehicle over from under the hood, under the chassis and doing a very thorough inspection. We are not the quick lane oil changes in and out. We are spending time on your vehicle to avoid all the potential problems that come with all the moving parts!
Belts are essential to the cooling, and charging systems of the engine. Serpentine belts are used to turn the water pump, alternator, power steering and air conditioning compressor. Older cars use V-belts for various accessories.
When belts are inspected we check for looseness and over all condition, We look for frayed, glazed or showing signs of excessive wear. Noise in the belt system is a sign of wear and the smell of burnt rubber can indicate a slipping belt. When changing a belt it's also important to check all the components in the serpentine system, such as tensioners and pulleys they wear at the same rate as the belt.
Typical replacement is 60,000 to 90,000 miles, V belts are 40,000 to 50,000. If you have a timing belt we can check the recommended maintenance service table to have this replaced as well.
Jeff's Auto has been servicing the Hopkins area Since 1973!