Visit Stampede Toyota in Calgary, AB for Serpentine Belt Replacement Service
The serpentine belt in your vehicle’s engine plays a hugely important role. When the time comes for you to have the serpentine belt in your vehicle replaced, head to Stampede Toyota, serving Airdrie and Okotoks. Our expert technicians will be glad to replace the serpentine belt in your vehicle, whether you drive a Toyota or not.We service all makes and models, and we invite you to learn more about this service here.
In days gone by, various accessories in vehicle engines would be powered by different drive belts, known as V belts. An alternator belt would power the alternator, while a water pump belt would power the water pump (and, therefore, the rest of the cooling system). Other common V belts would power such accessories as the air conditioner compressor and the power steering pump. But most modern engines do not include V belts.Instead, there is just one drive belt: the serpentine belt. This belt is given this name because of the way it snakes around the engine. This one belt provides power to all of these engine accessories, making maintenance and repair much easier.
What Happens if a Serpentine Belt Breaks?
Of course, consolidating these V belts into one serpentine belt makes maintenance easier and more affordable, but it also means that a broken serpentine belt will cause all of the systems it controls to stop working at once: the power steering system, the cooling system, the charging system, the HVAC, etc. If you’re driving along and the serpentine belt breaks, it’s best to pull to the side of the road as soon as possible. It’s easier to steer a car with no power steering if you’re able to do so while you coast.
When Should the Serpentine Belt Be Replaced?
Ideally, you should have the serpentine belt replaced well before it breaks. But, unlike the timing belt, there’s no set time to change a serpentine belt. The one in your engine may need to be replaced as early as 4,500 kilometres, or it may last 150,000 kilometres or more! When the technicians at Stampede Toyota perform a multi-point inspection, they will also check the condition of the serpentine belt. If it shows signs of cracking, they will recommend that you have it changed.
Schedule Your Serpentine Belt Replacement Near Chestermere
When you’re ready to have your vehicle’s serpentine belt replaced, Stampede Toyota makes it easy. Our online service scheduler lets you set an appointment from your phone or computer! We service all makes and models, so head to Stampede Toyota for remarkable service.