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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 non-profit Car Care Council recommends that motorists review the owner's manual to ensure that belts are inspected and replaced at the proper intervals.

A vehicle's belts are essential to the cooling, air conditioning 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.

Always check serpentine and V-belts for looseness and their overall condition. Replace V-belts when cracked, 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 serpentine belt, it is important to check all the components in the serpentine system as tensioners and pulleys wear at the same rate as the belt and should be inspected.

Typical serpentine belt replacement is 60,000 to 90,000 miles. Typical V-belt replacement is 40,000 to 50,000 miles. Replace timing belt per interval specified in the owner's manual.

"Why risk being stranded when a bad belt can be diagnosed with simple routine maintenance?" asked Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "Inspecting and replacing belts as specified in your owner's manual will help you avoid the hassle and expense of a sudden breakdown."

Source: Car Care Council


what our customers say

Took my RV Motorhome for rear brake issues. Dan was my contact at front desk and he kept me up to date on how my repair was going. They were able to do the work needed and in a timely basis. I couldn't be happier with the professional care I received. 10 out of 10! Couldn't have been better. Thanks!
B
, 09/20/2021

Great place, great people to work with. I've been taking my truck to Mitch's since discovering them a year and a half ago. Maintenance and or needing something fixed I'm bringing here. Big THANKS to all of them!!! Eric, Dan, and Adam in the front office when you walk in, Marie, and Mitch and all service techs, thank you. I'm going to mention one tech in particular, Cody, he had his fill with my truck this last time it was in, thanks so much, you're all awesome!!!
S
, 12/22/2020

I had an oil change for my 2020 GMC Sierra and I didn't have much time in my schedule with the holiday and family here. The team at Mitch Smith Auto was able to get me in right away at my convenience and did a get job! Thanks for the care, concern and professionalism! Two thumbs up!!!
K
, 11/24/2020

Completely satisfied. Will go here first the next time I need work done.
C
, 07/10/2020

These gentlemen are the best service team I have used in 63 years I will never trust service to anyone else again I now feel safe driving my older car They went completely over my older model car and made me aware of wear and tear parts needing service soon as well as fixing my current very serious problem. They are more than reasonable in price and do superior work with patience and respect to customers Thank you so much!!!!!
A
, 05/13/2020

Received fantastic service today from Eric, Dan, and Cody...my car alignment is perfect! Thanks so much!
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, 03/06/2020

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