With more than 30,000 components, your car is made up of many parts! With so much to keep track of, no wonder the average driver struggles to keep it all straight! Your neighborhood mechanic, we offer over 30 years in the field. We would like to use this blog platform to discuss the different parts of your vehicle so you will know what how to keep track of what everything does. This week’s topic? Belt repair!
Belts in your car play as big a role in your vehicle as leather versions do for your wardrobe! Two of the most important belts in your car are serpentine belt and timing belt. Here’s some things you should know about belt repair:
A serpentine belt (also known as a multi-vee, poly-v, or multi-rib belt), is a single, continuous belt used to drive multiple peripheral devices in an automotive engine, such as an alternator, power steering pump, water pump, air conditioning compressor, air pump, etc. These belts are responsible for power steering pumps, cooling fans, injection pumps, air conditioning, and other functions, depending on your vehicle. Sometimes serpentine belts can do it all!
With one long snaking path, the serpentine belt winds in and out of several different components in your vehicle. Serpentines feature extremely durable rubber with a smooth side controlling some parts and a ribbed side controlling others. If this belt breaks you could hear a squealing noise. Or your engine may overheat, and your power steering could stop working.
Timing Belts: A timing belt, timing chain or “cambelt” is a part of an internal combustion engine that synchronizes the rotation of the crankshaft and the camshaft(s) so that the engine’s valves open and close at the proper times during each cylinder’s intake and exhaust strokes. In an interference engine, the timing belt or chain is helps prevent the piston from striking the valves. A timing belt is usually a toothed belt — a drive belt with teeth on the inside surface. A timing chain is a roller chain.
Timing Belts connect the upper engine to the lower engine. Often called camshaft belts because they control the camshaft, which controls the opening and closing of valves. Timing belts come equipped with specifically spaced teeth to control the frequency of valve openings and closures.
When good belts go bad
A bad timing belt can create problems. Valves can remain open and be struck by the pistons. This can cause major engine damage. So, make sure you are aware of the signs of a bad timing belt: slapping noise or grinding noise, trouble starting the engine, and a ticking noise.
Belts are important to the operation of your vehicle and may signal you when they need replacing. If you want to keep your belts running smooth, make sure your mechanic checks for cracks and wear. You can also consult your owner’s manual for estimated lifespans on your belts. Or, take your vehicle into your local auto shop for inspection. At Genesis Auto Service, we routinely survey our customer’s belts and make recommendations. Come in today to find out if your belts need replacement or service.
Auto Service in Covina
In the San Gabriel Valley, the best place to bring your car for repair is Genesis Auto Service in Covina. We serve Azusa, City of Industry, Covina, Glendora, Irwindale, La Puente, La Verne, Monrovia, San Dimas, Walnut and West Covina…to name a few. Genesis was established by owner/master mechanic Carl Walker and a former business partner. We are honest and dependable automotive repair and maintenance services, which is a far cry from how many profit-focused dealer service centers treat their customers.