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850-576-0260 | 1227 West Tharpe Street Tallahassee, FL 32303

Avoid Car Trouble with a Belt Check

Avoid Car Trouble with a Belt Check

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 Are Saying

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Great service! They are friendly, reasonable, and don't play games like other places. I only trust them to work on my truck. If you give them a try, you won't be disappointed in the service you receive.

, 04/28/2018

reviewiconBetter Than A Dealership

Great place to get your car serviced! I went in for an estimate and they were able to have it fixed the next day! They told me ahead of time that there could be more problems when they got it on the lift so that there were no unexpected expenses which is great! Bottom line- if you need your car repaired, come here.

, 06/04/2019

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Went in knowing what I wanted done and let them know the issues I'm trying to fix. They respected it, suggested possible other fixes if the requested didn't fix it, but didn't get pushy. Got me in and out pretty fast despite being a walk in. My only regret is I hadn't gone to them years ago. Could've saved so much money and headaches if I went with them

, 07/30/2019

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Very superb and excellent mechanics

, 08/15/2018

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Mike always lets us know what all is going on, what can wait and what will need to be taken care of quickly. We all three have used cars and appreciate the clear explanations and speed of service this facility provides.

, 02/12/2020

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