Q: Is the drive belt different from the timing belt?

asked by on

I need a new timing belt and serpentine belt and transmission fluid

My car has 102000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

The serpentine belt (aka drive belt), is the belt that drives the accessories on the front of the engine. It drives the alternator, water pump, power steering pump, air conditioning compressor, and any other belt driven accessories. This is the belt that you can see when looking at the engine. The timing belt on the other hand, is located behind a set of covers on the front of the engine and is used to transfer power from the crankshaft to the camshaft. It is designed to turn the camshaft in a direct correlation to the crankshaft so the engine will be able to go through its cycles and the actions on each cycle will stay in synch. If you need to have the belts replaced, contact a certified mechanic, like those available at YourMechanic.com.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Is the drive belt different from the timing belt?

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Feels like front right tire has vibration when turning left or merging lanes to the left at highway speed only. Bearings are okay

Hello, thanks for writing in. If the bearings are fine then the tires need to be checked first. If there is any uneven wear then this will occur. If the tires are all fine then the hubs need to be...

Q: Car needs new head gasket.

Hello. Unfortunately this is a common issue on your car. It is typically always a head gasket problem. The head gaskets had a design flaw that would cause them to fail and allow coolant to enter the engine and you...

Q: Why would me 2002 Honda CR-V make a squealing noise when hitting the gas

Hello. This noise can come from a few different things. You are right that most of the time it is caused by a failing or loose belt. If the belt is loose then it may be the tensioner that is...

Related articles

How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...