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What is a Serpentine Belt?

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Did our mechanic just tell you that your serpentine belt needs to be replaced? If so, we’re guessing that your first question is what is a serpentine belt and what does it do for your car? This important engine block component powers your steering system, alternator, air conditioning compressor, and more. Want to learn more about what a serpentine belt does? The experts in the Honda of the Avenues Service Center will be happy to fill you in on all you need to know about serpentine belts. 

How Long Do Serpentine Belts Last?

Under normal driving conditions, St. Augustine-area drivers can expect a serpentine belt to last anywhere from 50,000 to 100,000 miles. If you drive in an area where there are extreme changes in temperature and humidity, then your serpentine belt may not last as long. There are other factors that can affect the lifespan of a serpentine belt, so routinely inspecting it can help you avoid a hefty repair bill down the road. 

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

Some of the warning signs that indicate it is time to replace your serpentine belt include: 

  • Cracks and sins of wear on the serpentine belt
  • Squealing and/or chirping sounds coming from under the hood of your car
  • Failure of vehicle systems like your power steering and air conditioner
  • Total vehicle failure

If you notice any of these warning signs, schedule an appointment at Honda of the Avenues as soon as possible. Our certified technicians can diagnose exactly what the problem is and replace the serpentine belt if necessary.

What Happens if I Don’t Replace My Serpentine Belt?

Now that we’ve answered the question of, “What does a serpentine belt do?”, what happens if you don’t replace your serpentine belt? Continuing to drive with a damaged or failing serpentine belt is a risky proposition. The water pump, power steering, alternator, and air conditioning could all malfunction and ultimately fail altogether. You don’t want to neglect a crucial engine component like the serpentine belt. If the belt is working properly it can lead to a host of issues that can be dangerous and costly to repair.

Come to Honda of the Avenues for Car Maintenance

Are you due for a replacement serpentine belt? Come to our service center near Orange Park and Fernandina Beach and save on your maintenance with our service specials and coupons. Whether you need the serpentine belt replaced or are due for an oil change or tire rotation, our service team is standing by to take care of all our Honda maintenance needs. If you have any questions, please contact our Service Center.

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