Belt Repair and Replacement
Lowell's Auto Repair Belt Repair and Replacement Services
There are several belts in your car that perform critical functions, such as powering the alternator, air conditioning, power steering, and water pump. Over time, these belts can become worn, cracked, or damaged, which can cause them to fail and potentially damage other parts of your engine.
It’s recommended that you have your belts inspected at least once a year, or every 12,000 to 15,000 miles, to ensure that they’re in good condition. If a belt is worn or damaged, it will need to be replaced.
Belt replacement can vary depending on the make and model of your car and the type of belt that needs to be replaced. Some belts, like the serpentine belt, are easier to replace than others. Your car’s owner’s manual should provide guidance on when belts should be replaced and how to do so.
It’s generally recommended that you have a professional mechanic perform the belt replacement, as it can be a complex and time-consuming process, and if not done correctly, it can cause further damage to your car.
If you suspect that one of your belts may be in need of repair or replacement, it’s important to have it inspected as soon as possible to prevent further damage to your engine.
- Squealing or chirping noises: If you hear a high-pitched squealing or chirping sound coming from under the hood, it may be a sign that one of the belts is worn, loose, or slipping.
- Visible signs of wear: Check the belts for signs of cracking, fraying, or glazing (a shiny or slick appearance on the belt). These are all signs that the belt is worn and needs to be replaced.
- Difficulty starting the engine: If your engine has trouble starting, it may be because the belt that powers the alternator is slipping, which can cause a weak or dead battery.
- Warning light on the dashboard: Many cars have warning lights that will illuminate if there is a problem with one of the belts. If you see a warning light on your dashboard, it’s important to have the issue checked out as soon as possible.
- Loss of power steering: If the belt that powers the power steering pump fails, you may notice that it becomes difficult to turn the steering wheel.