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561-686-8488 | 1781 Latham Rd West Palm Beach, FL 33409

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 Our Customers Are Saying

Great service today as its always is. Standard Dealerships in the area could learn a lesson from you. Keep up the great work.

, 04/30/2020

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I have been taking my truck here whenever I have a major problem and can't fix it myself. Every time I get it back it runs like new! He knows what he's doing, he's honest and he gets the job done in a timely manner.

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We have been going to P & J's for close to 25 years. We completely trust them. They are honest, reliable, and they will do what they say they will do. I have had them check out cars (if used) before I bought them and Pat will recommend the car or not. Their entire staff is GREAT!!!

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