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Generally speaking, serpentine belts can last between 50,000 and 100,000 miles. That being said, the actual life you get from your belt can depend on the conditions you typically drive in, among other factors, so it’s always smart to check up on your belt from time-to-time. This is the best way to catch any potential issues before they become major problems.
Keep an eye (and ear) out for the following warning signs, and you’ll know right away if it’s time to replace your serpentine belt:
As you can see, there are dangerous repercussions if you don’t check up on your serpentine belt’s condition regularly. The last thing you want is to experience power steering failure, air conditioner failure, or worse, total vehicle failure, while you’re driving in Olympia. Worse yet, it’s not just the power steering and air conditioner that can be affected by an unkept serpentine belt. You’ll also be risking the failure of the alternator and water pump.
Do any of the issues we listed above sound all too familiar to you? It’s probably time for a new belt! If you’re searching for an option near Lakewood, simply consult the parts department at FIAT of Tacoma. If you’re unsure whether you’re buying the right belt, give us a shout and our expert technicians will help you right away. Need an oil change while you’re here? Find out about how much it will cost with our convenient guide.
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