Do You Know When To Replace Your Engine Drive Belts

So, when are you supposed to replace your engine drive belts? Your Atlanta GM Superstore, Southtowne knows that we all aren’t pro mechanics, but it is good to know what to look and listen for in regards to your drive belts. These are your serpentine belt, alternator belt and A/C belt. All of these belts are very important and are required for the operation of your vehicle, the only exception being your A/C belt. Of course in, 100 degree Atlanta heat, you may feel differently.

So, how can you tell if you are going to need your engine drive belts replaced. Do you hear any squealing when you turn on your A/C? If so, it sounds like your belt is probably slipping and you might want to consider a replacement, even if the belt looks OK, an ounce of protection is worth a pound of prevention.

Check your alternator, or serpentine belt, see any cracks, shininess or splits? If so it’s time to change them out. When these belts break, you can be certain that you are going to be left stranded wishing you would have taken my advice. The serpentine belt powers things like you power steering, alternator, water pump and air pump if you have one.

The video below is a good example of what to look for.

You should be changing your serpentine belt every 4 or 5 years. Just get it in your mind that this is just the cost of ownership. In fact, it’s not terribly expensive, probably less than the cost of the tow to the the mechanic if that. If you haven’t had your belts changed in the past 5 years, it’s probably time to do so. Bring your Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick or GMC by your Atlanta GM superstore, The Southtowne General Motors Superstore and let us take a look at them for you. Chances are, you are probably going to want to get them replaced, and we’re just the people that can do it.

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