What is an engine belt, and how does it work? Your vehicle has numerous engine belts that need to be maintained and replaced from time to time. These include your timing belt, serpentine belt, and hoses. Most cars today only have one serpentine engine belt in most cases. Here are some of the most common questions about belt repairs and how to get your belt issue resolved for good.

1. What makes a belt wear out sooner?

One of the first questions that is common is how to make your engine belt last and what makes the belts wear out sooner. In many cases, a drive belt is replaced every 40,000 to 70,000 miles but could last longer depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle. So what makes the belts wear faster are water, dirt, heat, and oil, all which cause deterioration to your vehicle’s belts. A belt also may wear or break due to an oil leak or a broken engine undercover.

2. How much does an engine belt repair/replacement cost?

The cost of a belt repair varies, but typically with a mechanic costs $60-$200. This may include hours of labor as well as the cost of the actual belt. There may be additional towing costs or more costs if it is difficult for the mechanic to access the belt in the vehicle.

3. What are the benefits of having an engine belt repair?

There are many key benefits to having an engine belt repair. Having a good working engine belt is necessary for your vehicle’s engine and accessories to be able to drive correctly! It powers most of your engine! Your vehicle will ultimately break down if not taken care of right away.

4. Should I get my engine belt(s) inspected?

Yes, this is always a good idea! Have an annual engine belt inspection along with your oil change and tire rotation. To be safe, have your mechanic check it every time you go in for an oil change. You will have peace of mind knowing everything is working the way it’s designed to!

5. How do I know if I have an engine belt issue?

A symptom of a bad or failing engine belt is a squealing noise from the front of your vehicle. Other signs are your power steering and AC stop working. Or your engine starts overheating! If you experience any of these signs, go to your local mechanic to see what the real issue is. They will be able to pinpoint it really quickly and get you back on the road safe and sound.

See us at Harris Automotive Repair!

We at Harris Automotive hope this article has helped you pinpoint all the questions about a belt service repair! Our mechanics offer belt service repairs at both of our Central Ohio car repair shops. We also have a full car repair service for any of your car needs.

Stop in today to our Blacklick or Westerville repair shop when you are in need of a repair! Or make an appointment online today right here: https://harrisautomotiverepair.com/schedule-appointment/.

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