When Is The Last Time Your Belts Were Inspected?

Servicing your car involves a whole lot more than just changing the oils. One thing that should always be inspected and maintained is your car’s drive belts. Not every car has the same type of belts but they all play an extremely vital part in keeping your car running.
Let us explain they are and why they’re so crucial.

TIMING BELT

​The timing belt is a notched rubber belt that allows the crankshaft to turn the camshaft. A timing belt is sometimes called a Gilmer belt or a camshaft drive belt. The camshaft opens and closes the valves in synchronised movement with the engine’s pistons.

If your timing belt breaks, your engine will stop working and may cause major engine damage. That’s why it’s important to have your timing belt regularly inspected as per manufacturer guidelines.  If the belt is loose or has slipped the valves could open at the wrong time and be struck by your engine’s pistons. Warning sounds include a slapping noise coming from your engine. This indicates a slipped belt.

Manufacturers recommend Timing belts should be replaced in line with Manufacturer Recommendations, check your Service book or speak with our Service Department for more information.

SERPENTINE BELT

​Serpentine belts, also known as drive belts, provide power to the air conditioning compressor, power steering pump, cooling fan, air injection pump, and more.

If your vehicle’s serpentine belt breaks, all of the engine parts it is powering will stop working and your engine could overheat and be damaged. Big Box Cars technicians look for cracks, wear, and stripping to determine if your serpentine belt is in danger of failing. Like the timing belt, we recommend having your serpentine belt inspected every time you have your vehicle serviced. Warning sounds include a screeching noise coming from your engine, especially during start-ups on cold mornings or on sharp turns.