October 31, 2016

If Drive Belt May Need Urgent Replacement

Car Wrecker Melbourne is an experienced and professional Car Removalist in MELBOURNE. We buy all make & model of “Car for Wrecking”. You can buy all kind of parts for all brands in Melbourne Car Wrecker. Because, nowadays the used car parts are very rare to find. At ‘Car Wrecker Melbourne’, you can even find a Drive Belt which is set for your car. Drive Belts need to be considered part of your regular vehicle maintenance, and an item that needs to be replaced regularly. Your Drive Belt will offer many signals that something is going wrong, including loud noises, squealing, battery difficulties and overheating. Diagnostics is important, but so is knowing the types of Drive Belt.

Serpentine Belt

Of drive belts, the serpentine belt is the most commonly used on vehicles manufactured from 1990 to present day makes. The nice thing about the serpentine belt is that it is easy for DIY changes. The belt fits its way through multiple accessories, an idler pulley or two, the crank pulley and a tensioner. Loosen the belt by taking a socket and pulling on the tensioner pulley, and remove. The belt is one that is easy to replace, and one you want to replace when its time as once it breaks, the car will break down with it.
Signs that the belt need replacement includes it looking heavily cracked or the grooves are shallow. The belt should be checked every 60K miles and replaced no less than every 90K miles. You can call Wreckers Melbourne at 0435 466 577 for urgent Drive Belt need.

Drive Belts & V-Belts

On older vehicles, typically a drive belt will be found. The belts run off the crank pulley and through one or two accessories. It is unusual for them to run through more than that. On an upper scale vehicle, you’ll find there will be different belts for different components like power steering, air conditioning, etc. Drive belts are also referred to as V-belts because of the design of the tapered rubber teeth. The belts are multiple, so there are multiple belts to change, making it a bit more complicated to get the right tension.
Signals that the drive belts are loose is squealing and improper alternator charge and overheating. Test the tension by pushing down in the middle of the belt at its longest point. The belt should depress about ½ inch. If the belt depresses more than that, it is loose, any less than ½ inch and it is too tight. If the belt is cracked or if tightening the belt to the right tension does not eliminate the squeal it needs to be replaced.

Timing Belts

With timing belts, the crankshaft and camshaft are connected, keeping them in sync. The belt is one that is pretty much hidden behind the timing cover. The belt is one that you don’t want to ignore as you’ll have an engine rebuild if it is ignored. The belts should be replaced between 60K to 90K miles, and it is essential to check it with your regular car maintenance. Belts should be checked before each season as the temperatures can play havoc on the belt, causing cracks and tension problems.
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