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Don’t get stranded: Routine car belt replacement is critical

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Routine car belt inspection and replacement is critical to the life of your vehicle.

You can save money and extend the life of your car by regularly replacing belts before you’re stalled on the side of the road.

To prevent some of the most typical causes of breakdown, Moore Tires recommends having your belts and hose pipes checked every 3,000 miles, or with every oil change.

If your vehicle experiences loud squeals or grinding sound, poor battery charging or overheating, you should have your drive belts inspected.

Moore Tires will perform a throughout belt assessment, checking for glazing, breaking, peeling and softening. They will also ensure correct tensioning and appropriate drive pulley alignment.

Belts control many important functions and there are various types of belts inside your car’s engine. The serpentine belt is the most common belt used in vehicles today and run everything from your alternator to your power steering.

Keep a close eye on your belt once you hit 60,000 miles, and replace them by 90,000 miles. Symptoms of a failing serpentine belt include a squealing noise, loss of power steering or air conditioning or engine overheating.

The timing belt connects the crankshaft and camshaft, keeping them in sync. Not all engines have a timing belt, but they’re more commonly found in cars and SUVs with smaller displacement engines.

If you hear a ticking noise coming from the engine or your engine won’t turn over, a bad timing belt could be the culprit.

A loose drive belt can cause your alternator to charge improperly and could also cause your car to overheat. Replace the belt if it looks cracked or if tightening to the proper tension does not eliminate the squealing sound.

Extreme temperature changes can impact the longevity of a belt. Inspect your belts at the end of winter and summer.

Have your vehicle inspected by a certified technician at Moore Tires and keep your vehicle running smoothly – and quietly – for years to come!

Moore Tires : 2411 E Rock Falls Road, Rock Falls, IL 61071 : 815.625.1800 : www.mooretires.com