How to Buy a Good Quality Serpentine/Drive Belt

Serpentine belts are one of those odd components that just help everything else inside the vehicle hang together and just work by helping everything else become synchronized. The serpentine drive belt connects a huge variety of components of the vehicle – water pump, air pump, A/C compressor, power steering pump and the alternator.

Before these handy drive belts were created, car makers utilized a much thinner belt to tie the different parts of the vehicle together, with limited success. The invention of a way to use one sturdy belt instead of several smaller belts helped the engine withstand the daily pressures of driving without having ongoing difficulties. A key problem that nearly all belts have is stretching so far that the belt will no longer retain its shape or strength.

Be aware and follow these simple tips to ensure which serpentine belt is right for your vehicle:

  • Look over online offerings carefully: Buying online can be tricky – scrutinize the product offering since you won’t be able to scrutinize the part itself before you receive it. Assure yourself that the product IDs match and that you’re getting the right part of your vehicle.

  • Replace the belt as a comprehensive update: Replacing the serpentine/drive belt? Time to replace all the gaskets and gasket adhesives as well. When you do all of the replacements at once, it’s easier to keep up with when the replacements were done. This helps you know when you need to check it again, and when to just start replacing pieces knowing that they will go bad “soon”.

  • Get the right size: If your old serpentine belt no longer has a part number on it and you can’t find a manual for your vehicle, slip off the old belt and use a string to measure its length. Then order one size smaller than the string, to make up for the stretching of your current belt that has occurred over the years.

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Robert

20 years of experience
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Robert
20 years of experience
Ford F-150 - Serpentine/Drive Belt - Denver, Colorado
This was my second booking with Robert. He’s an excellent mechanic and has a great personality. Would book again, would have a beer with him. Cheers.
Honda Element - Serpentine/Drive Belt - Denver, Colorado
Robert has been to our house twice for various repairs and did a great job! I highly recommend him and will use him again for any of our car repairs!

Andrian

32 years of experience
184 reviews
Andrian
32 years of experience
Mercedes-Benz S550 - Serpentine/Drive Belt - Hollywood, Florida
Adrian is the Best! Should call him big smooth. He came out and got the job done. He was also quick and did everything i request. Master Mechanic!!! Would defintley recommend for Mercedes s550 or any car. This guy knows his stuff. J.L (Mercedes S-550)
Hyundai Tiburon - Serpentine/Drive Belt - Hollywood, Florida
Adrian was extremely professional and courteous. He took care of everything quickly and was a pleasure to work with

Adam

17 years of experience
100 reviews
Adam
17 years of experience
Buick Rendezvous - Serpentine/Drive Belt - Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Car repairs can be stressful and confusing, Adam explanations and recommendations were very professional.
Jeep Wrangler - Serpentine/Drive Belt - West Palm Beach, Florida
Adam was knowledgeable, courteous, and professional. The overheating issue w/ my Jeep has been corrected.

Christopher

10 years of experience
76 reviews
Christopher
10 years of experience
Toyota Corolla - Serpentine/Drive Belt - Cypress, Texas
Christopher was here for about 2 hours and he did quite a bit of work. The worksite was left clean, which was much to my liking. He had to change out the transmission oil and engine oil in my Mother's car. Who would have known that you could have this done in your own garage, with no mess or hassle.
Jeep Wrangler - Serpentine/Drive Belt - Katy, Texas
Chris really went out of his way to get my Jeep back on the road. He had to order a part and even though the scheduling system had me waiting almost a week for him to return, he actually showed up the next day! Great service, great communication!

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