Your pickup, SUV, van, or car has belts for the many moving parts and systems at work. They help to make sure that everything works properly.
Types of Belts
There are three kinds of belts that keep everything running right. The first is your timing belt, which connects the crankshaft to the camshaft. By keeping them in sync, your engine valves and pistons are able to operate at the proper intervals. If your timing belt breaks, you'll know almost immediately as your engine will stop running. It's important to note that newer vehicles may be equipped with a more durable timing chain, though.
Then there are serpentine belts, which work with the idler pulley, tensioner, and crank pulley to move parts such as the alternator and power steering.
Drive belts are most numerous, since they run off the crank pulley's movement and manage many parts like your water pump and radiator fan. If either serpentine or drive belts go bad, you generally have a small window of time to address the issue before trouble escalates.
How to Spot Belt Issues
It's recommended that you examine your belts on a regular basis to confirm that they're in good condition. Signs of impending failure include:
- Fraying belt edges
- Cracks in the belt material
- Belts that are overly slack or loose
- Belts that are too tight
Genuine OEM Belts Fit Right
When a belt need to be replaced, get the best for your vehicle. Your manufacturer makes the only ones that are guaranteed e compatible with your model and its many parts. Find yours right here in our online auto parts catalog. Buy now and we'll ship your order straight to your front door!
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