What Is a Serpentine Belt?

December 11th, 2018 by

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What is a serpentine belt, and why is it important? Put simply, a serpentine belt is an important part of your vehicle’s engine block and it:

  • Powers your alternator
  • Powers your steering pump
  • Powers your air conditioning compressor

Read on to discover how often to replace your serpentine belt as well as the risks of not replacing them on time. If you need a serpentine belt, take the trip from Danville to the Gunter Nissan of Martinsville service center so we can help you get the service you need!

How Long Do Serpentine Belts Last?

In normal conditions, most modern serpentine belts are able to last for between 50,000 and 100,000 miles. However, this can vary somewhat depending on the kind of conditions you drive in and other contingent factors that can be difficult to gauge, which is why it’s a good idea to keep your eye for symptoms that it’s time to replace your serpentine belt.

When Should I Replace My Serpentine Belt?

If your belt needs replacing, you will most likely notice these warning signs:

  • Cracks and wear on the rubber of your serpentine belt when you pop the hood and have a look
  • Vehicle failure
  • Squealing and chirping sounds coming from under the hood of your car
  • Failure of vehicle systems like your power steering and air conditioner

If you notice these issues but don’t replace your serpentine belt, it could have negative consequences for your Nissan model. You may find that your vehicle’s power steering, alternator, water pump, or air conditioner fails.

Learn More at Gunter Nissan of Martinsville

For more information on replacing your serpentine belt, or if you begin to experience any of the above issues, stop by Gunter Nissan of Martinsville so you can continue to enjoy your Reidsville, NC drive in peace. We have several service specials designed to make regular maintenance more affordable. And, you can learn more about vehicle maintenance like how often you should change your oil. Contact us with any questions!

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