Your vehicle has quite a few moving parts under the hood. Most are only able to move thanks to high-quality factory-installed belts. These belts control a variety of parts, including your crankshaft and your power steering. Without them, your car or truck wouldn't run right.
What Are the Different Types of Belts?
There are two kinds of belts in most vehicles. The first is the timing belt, which is a notched rubber belt. It helps the crankshaft turn your camshaft. If it snaps, your engine will stop working, immediately. That's not safe. The other type of belts is a serpentine belt, or drive belt. This provides power to the air conditioning compressor, the alternator, and more. You can usually still operate your vehicle when these belts go bad, but the part it powers will no longer work. When it comes to your alternator, that spells a short drive.
What Are the Warning Signs of a Bad Belt?
- Cracks in the belt
- Fraying edges
- Looseness or sagging
It's always a good idea to get in the habit of checking your belts on a regular schedule. Also consult your owner's manual for the recommended schedule. You'll want to change them before they reach the end of their service life, or when you see signs of failing. When it is time to change, make sure to select the right belts for the job. Those are genuine GM belts. Our auto parts department has a full inventory of them, ready to be shipped at a moment's notice. Order yours today to save yourself from countless headaches!
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