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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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    , 01/11/2022

    I was 45 miles away from home and needed a tire repaired.

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    , 01/07/2022

    I really can?t overstate how good this place is. I have a 2004 Tahoe and I am the original owner and it?s been a good reliable vehicle for the most part. I have had some good experiences generally at other shops but I came to Beiler's Auto on reputation alone. I can honestly say I am glad I did. Needless to say after 18 years that the truck is going to have to have some stuff fixed occasionally. So the first time I brought it to Beiler's Was for a power steering pump. They were able to fix the issue without needing to replace the pump. I had them do some preventative work at the same time. The total bill was less than I would?ve paid at a dealer just to replace the power steering pump. I had a couple electrical problems after that that they were able to quickly diagnose and get me back on the road while keeping my bill at a minimum. And most recently I needed a new starter which they replaced with a part with a 2 year warranty for about half of what I would?ve paid at the dealer. Basically the one thing I can say about Beilers Auto Repair is that you can trust them. That?s a rare thing nowadays.

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    , 12/20/2021

    Beiler's saved me 50% on my repair bills. Did not attempt to up sell. Had repairs done to my Lexus and Kia autos and the job was done on time and no bad surprises when picking up the car. Will use Beiler's from now on!!

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    , 12/18/2021

    Been doing business with them for over 25 years. Had a tire problem today, dropped off car in the AM for a actual Friday appointment. They had it fixed this afternoon verses Friday. Priced very reasonable. Best place in town. Had another issue today - a year after my last review - Have to say - They are the best place in town. Highly recommend!

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    , 12/08/2021

    I would not take my car anywhere else. Great repair shop. Prices are reasonable. They do not try to upsell.

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    , 12/02/2021

    Wow! I came here from an emergency recommendation and was blown away! I came in with no appointment on a busy day and the owner took the time out of his day to take a ride with me to try and figure out what was wrong with my car - as it was rattling and shaking very badly! The owner immediately figured out the issue and went straight to work on fixing the problem! He was professional, knowledgeable, and had a good sense of humor! I know I found my new car mechanic! Thank you!!!!

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