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Avoid Car Trouble with a Belt Check

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  • Mon 7:30AM - 5:30PM
    Tue 7:30AM - 5:30PM
  • Wed 7:30AM - 5:30PM
    Thu 7:30AM - 5:30PM
  • Fri 7:30AM - 5:30PM
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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 People Say About Us

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    , 10/25/2021

    Beilers are the hero of my car repair story. I drove through a flooded road and my car stopped completely. Horace Mann insurance was an absolute nightmare to work with but Danny Beiler and everyone at Beilers really made the situation the best it could be. He did his best to keep me informed when insurance was MIA. He did his best to make sure I got a running car and has been just overall awesome through the process. I have nothing but the highest recommendation for Beilers auto repair. I don't want to have car problems, but if/when I do, I know EXACTLY who to call. Thank you Danny and everyone at Beilers.

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    , 10/21/2021

    I've been using Beiler's for a couple of years now and they have earned being our family's regular and only auto repair shop. They're always very responsive, quick, fair and professional. We've have multiple cars serviced for any number is issues or regular maintenance and are always pleased. Danny and his team are top notch. Highly recommended.

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    , 10/20/2021

    Always very courteous, explain all repairs and let's me know of any upcoming needed repairs without being too pushy. Thanks guys for keeping my 1995 Jeep running good.

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    , 10/13/2021

    The crew at Beiler's is amazing! We were passing through on vacation when we got a nail in our tire. Other places said they would get to us in 3 hours or the next day. I called Beiler's and spoke with Mic. He got us in and out in less than an hour! I would highly recommend this business!!!

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    , 10/08/2021

    Great service, friendly staff. Took my car in to get the tires balanced and ended up getting new ones. Also provided me a quote on some other issues with the car. Overall good experience, and fantastic work! Highly recommend.

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    , 09/18/2021

    If I could give 10 stars I would. As a new customer to Beiler's, I brought in my '03 HD F-150, then my mother's Buick that needed repair. Excellent Customer Service & Repair Thank you Danny, Chris and Everyone

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