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While your car operates on fuel, it needs electricity for many operations. This generally comes from the alternator, but the alternator needs to be running to generate that electricity. This is where the serpentine belt comes in, and at Volkswagen Cypress, we want to help you replace your serpentine belt when it comes time. A worn serpentine belt is in danger of snapping, and a snapped serpentine belt can cause serious issues with your car, which we all want to avoid.
It’s easy to confuse or conflate the serpentine belt and the timing belt. However, a timing belt is entirely dedicated to maintaining the rhythm of combustion between the cylinders and their respective valves and doesn’t leave the engine. However, the serpentine belt snakes its way around many pulleys (hence the name) and drives vital components of your car, like the A/C compressor, the alternator, power steering system, and sometimes even the water pump cools your engine.
Serpentine belts are better replaced before they fail than after, since a snap can suddenly cause your battery not to have charge, your A/C to go out, and even your engine to overheat, depending on your car. Your power steering will also be affected, and so it’s better to replace the serpentine belt as it shows wear instead of as a reaction to a belt failure. We’re dedicated to keeping you safe, and safety means stopping you from having expensive repairs.
Checking your serpentine belt before it goes bad is the best way to find out if it needs replacing, and that replacement can happen anywhere from every 60,000 to every 100,000 miles. Because of this wide range, it’s always good to keep an eye on the serpentine belt; while you may not be near this mileage range, the unexpected can always happen and your serpentine belt can take a hit. If you hear a squealing while the engine is running, this can also be a good indicator that you should at least check, if not replace, the serpentine belt.
It’s easy to check a serpentine belt. Checking the serpentine belt is part of the complimentary multi-point inspection we provide with every service. So if you’ve got other services your Volkswagen needs, simply schedule one of those with our online scheduler, and we’ll check your serpentine belt while we’re there. If it needs replacing, we can do that right then and there as well. Set up your appointment today!
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