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Several Factors You'd Better Consider Before Purchasing Serpentine Belts
Noise coming out from under the hood is not a good indication. It may come and go at first but gets worse after some time. Usually, the noise is caused by a serpentine belt that needs to be replaced. The noise is probably reminding you to replace the belt right away. This belt is an important part of the car engine because it ensures the smooth operations of the engine. When the belt gets worn or snaps, various problems can arise. Problems with the belt can happen due to its poor quality or due to its age. This is why it is essential to replace old belts with new ones of good quality or have a premium belt from the start.
1. Investing in a top quality belt
Car owners should determine what type of belt their car uses. Different cars may use differently sized belts. Belt compatibility can be an issue, and engine problems may result from the wrong belts. To avoid purchasing the inappropriate belt, you should check manufacturer guidelines to know the type and size of belt that is compatible with your car engine. This will save you from the inconvenience of coming up with the wrong types of belt, which are a waste of cash. So, before making a purchase, know what should be purchased.
2. Determining the ideal brand
It is difficult to recommend a brand for a few reasons. One is that some brands work best for certain cars, although other brands generally have better reviews. It is advisable to check out online testimonials regarding each brand. Many previous buyers can recommend certain brands that last long based on their experience.
3. Installation
Installing the belts requires special tools and expertise. Usually, only a professional can and should install them. Inexperienced people may be able to install the belts though the right tension may not be achieved and the belts may slip anytime. Instead of doing a haphazard job, it is probably best to bring the automobile to a repair station to guarantee proper installation. The car can be brought back to the repair station if problems arise again from faulty belts.
4. Regular check-up
Belts deteriorate with time. So, their condition should be monitored from time to time. Maintenance checking can be done by the car owner himself. The ideal time to check for belt deterioration is during oil change. Regular checking should preclude future problems arising from troublesome, worn-out belts. Deteriorated belts issue several warning signals, one of which is bad noise, as mentioned earlier. The engine should be checked to identify the source of the noise. In some cases, the noise may not be due to problematic belts.
5. When to replace belts
Belts should be replaced after deterioration is detected. Damaged ribs or cords can be seen even without close inspection. Cracks, on the other hand, may be seen thoroughly using a flashlight. The most common sign of deterioration is cracking of ribs. At this stage, the serpentine belt should be replaced. If problems still arise after the belt is replaced, it is best to have professionals to take a look at your automobile.