What is a Serpentine Belt?

Serpentine Belt

A serpentine belt is an important part of your vehicle’s engine block. It delivers power to the alternator as well as the power steering pump, air conditioning compressor, and more. If you have been wondering when to replace your serpentine belt, Sam Leman Automotive Group has the answer. We will also share some of the common problems you may encounter if there is an issue with your serpentine belt. If you require replacement serpentine belts, our service center and parts department are here to assist you in the Bloomington-Normal area.

How Long Do Serpentine Belts Last?

For most drivers, a serpentine belt should last anywhere between 50,000 and 100,000 miles. Your driving habits can play a role in how often you will need to replace your serpentine belt. This can make it difficult to know just how long your serpentine belt is going to last. There are a few warning signs to look out for that can indicate that your car may need a new serpentine belt.

How Do I Know It’s Time to Replace My Serpentine Belt?

If you notice any of the following issues with your vehicle, it is a good idea to have your vehicle evaluated by a professional to see if your serpentine belt needs to be replaced:

  • Squealing and chirping sounds coming from under the hood of your car
  • Failure of vehicle systems like your power steering and air conditioner
  • Cracks and wear on the rubber of your serpentine belt when you pop the hood and have a look
  • Vehicle failure
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What Happens if I Don’t Replace My Serpentine Belt?

If you ignore the warning signs of a bad serpentine belt, it can lead to major issues down the road. It can cause power steering failure as well as problems with the alternator, water pump, and air conditioner.

Get a Serpentine Belt Replacement with Sam Leman Automotive Group

If you have noticed the signs of a bad serpentine belt, be sure to set up a service appointment with Sam Leman Automotive Group as soon as possible. We can get your vehicle back on the road safely in no time. Contact us today with any questions.

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