What should you know about your Accessories belt?

Mostly people do not care about accessories of their cars and only pay attention to frequent oil change and water. But for a good driver it is necessary that he/she pay attention towards each critical component of its car one of them is Accessories belt. If your car accessories belt brake down it will hardly move for 10 to 15 km. In some cases, it will move more than this and some time less than this.
Most vehicles have a rubber belt at the front of the engine that powers accessories such as air conditioning compressors, power steering pumps, and alternators. If this includes a drive belt (also known as a belt), the belt can also drive the water pump and overheat the engine.

To check this belt is not a difficult task and there is no necessary to go to your mechanic and pay your mechanic for it. You can check it by your own. Simply you must open your car bonnet and on the side of the engine there is a belt. Yes, this is your Accessories belt check it if you find cracks on it this is the right time to change your belt. You should check it at least once in a month because it may cause you serious difficulty if you do not do this process.
Most manufacturers require regular inspections of their belts as part of their regular maintenance, but few manufacturers list specific replacement intervals, and inspection intervals vary widely.

For example, Mercedes-Benz says it inspects belts every two years or every 20,000 miles, while Volkswagen says it inspects them every 40,000 miles. For most Ford cars, the manufacturer says it will start inspecting them every 10,000 miles after 100,000 miles. For many GM vehicles, the recommended first inspection is 150,000 miles or 10 years.

These belts usually last for years, but they can crack or fray and need to be replaced. These common signs of wear are the reason why vehicles older than a few years should be inspected at least once a year. Also, if the belt needs to be replaced, the pulleys and tensioners that guide the belt should be inspected for any damage other than normal wear and tear.

A belt that is not cracked or frayed may look good, but the groove on the hidden side may be worn enough to slide the belt on the pulleys that drive the accessories. It causes problems with systems that rely on the belt to keep things running. For example, a slippery drive belt can cause the alternator to run intermittently or lose power. As a result, the battery may not be fully charged, and the warning light may come on.

Another sign of belt wear is squeal during acceleration. This may indicate that the belt is slipping, that the belt tensioner is loose, or that the pulleys are misaligned due to wear.

Most modern vehicles use belts made from ethylene propylene diene monomers. This is a synthetic rubber that lasts longer than older types of motor belts. Most belt manufacturers estimate that the typical service life of EPDM belts is 50,000 to 60,000 miles, with some saying it exceeds 100,000 miles. However, EPDM belts are less likely to crack or lose rubber clumps than other types, so it can be difficult to determine the degree of wear by visual inspection alone. They must be inspected by a specialist.

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