Q: How do I maintain the drive belt?

asked by on December 14, 2015

How do I maintain the drive belt?

The drive belt on your engine is crucial – it runs all of your accessories, from the alternator to your power steering pump, water pump and more. While it’s designed to last for a very long time, it will eventually need to be replaced. The trick is to catch it before it breaks – here’s what to look for:

  1. Check the belt monthly for signs of wear, including:
  • *Cracks

  • *Damaged ribs

    • Cuts
  • *Looseness

  1. If you notice abnormal wear and tear on the belt, have it replaced. If it breaks, you’ll be stranded and have to call a tow truck.
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