Kalispell, Montana
95 4th Ave W. N.
Kalispell, MT 59901
(406) 755-0234

A Guide to Car Belts May 22, 2019

Kalispell, Flathead
A Guide to Car Belts, Kalispell, Montana

If your car makes squealing noises or its performance suddenly decreases, it's likely the engine repair you need is a belt replacement. There are several types of engine belts in both old and new cars, each with a different role in your vehicle’s operation. Below is a guide that details where to find them and how to maintain them.

3 Types of Car Belts & Their Qualities 

1. Drive Belts

Engine RepairAlso known as V-belts, they’re mostly used in older cars—manufactured before 1990—because of the V-shaped teeth running along the inside of the belt. One car has several of these, as each aids a different system, including the power steering, air conditioning, alternator, water pump, and radiator fan. Because these all run separately, the other systems will keep working even if one belt breaks, giving you a chance to take your car in for engine repairs instead of dealing with a vehicle breakdown. 

2. Serpentine Belts

This is the modern version of the drive belt. It’s a single belt which runs multiple systems. For this reason, when it breaks, the entire car will break down. You'll also notice poor performance across multiple systems as it wears out, and when you look at it, it may appear loose or cracked. If you notice these signs or if it's been more than 60,000 miles since the belt was changed, you should have it checked and potentially replaced.

3. Timing Belts

Most car engines are interference ones, meaning that various moving parts can run into each other if their movement isn't timed correctly. To keep everything in sync, your engine has either a timing chain or belt, which is normally hidden from view. A timing chain lasts as long as the engine does, but a timing belt should be replaced every 60,000 to 90,000 miles or when it starts to crack.

 

 

If you need engine repairs in Kalispell, MT, choose Kalispell Alignment & Auto Repair. With over 25 years of experience, this auto repair shop provides an array of services, including oil changes, tune-ups, brake repairs, and belt replacements. They also specialize in major repairs, such as transmission repairs and engine replacements. To browse their services, visit their website and call (406) 755-0234 to schedule an engine repair appointment. 

Other Announcements, Events and Deals from Kalispell Alignment & Auto Repair Inc.
What You Need to Know About Tire Tread, Kalispell, Montana
Knowing when to change out your tires can be a challenge. However, securing timely replacements will increase your safety and enhance vehicle functionality. If you’re unsure how to d...read more
A Basic Guide to Car Brakes, Kalispell, Montana
Your car's brakes are one of its most important features for safety and control. They need regular tuneups and pad replacement to keep them operating correctly. Here's an overview of...read more
A Quick Guide to Car Exhaust Systems, Kalispell, Montana
Without an exhaust system, a car would be a loud, dangerous vehicle to operate. This essential system directs emissions away from your car, so you don’t breathe them in as you drive....read more
3 of the Top Reasons Your Car’s Gas Mileage Is Decreasing, Kalispell, Montana
Good gas mileage, or the number of miles your car can drive per gallon, is important. It will save you money on trips to the pump and reduce your emissions for a more environmentally...read more
A Guide to Identifying Where Your Car Leak Is Coming From, Kalispell, Montana
When your car has a leak, you may know it’s a problem, but it’s common to be less sure exactly where that problem is coming from. By achieving a basic understanding of different leak...read more