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Do you know that the alternator, water pump, radiator fan, and power steering pump in your vehicle are connected to each other? They are linked together by the drive belt, a belt that operates the mentioned components every time the engine runs. In general term, this part could pertain to any belt that drives certain auto parts. In the automotive industry, however, this is used to refer to the belt that drives the auxiliary components under your car hood such as those mentioned above. The belt used in most automobiles these days is the serpentine belt, a long and continuous belt that drives the mentioned parts altogether. When you look under your car hood, you will see this running from one corner of the engine bay to the other. It usually comes with tensioners and pulleys that keep the belt tight and properly working. In the past, there used to be several belts in the engine bay-one belt driving each auxiliary component. But, because this set-up was a little bit complex and created clutter in the engine compartment, the serpentine belt was introduced. This type of drive belt is preferred because it made things simpler. The downside, however, is that the damage of the serpentine belt causes all the parts that it operates to stop working.Because of the big problem that can occur when the belt gets damaged, it is recommended for the part to be replaced after a while. The belt is rubber and it could dry out and develop cracks over time. When the condition of the belt is not monitored and it suddenly snaps, you'll be in for a big trouble. At worst, the engine could break down because of overheating and you're sure to be left stranded on the road-with a huge expense awaiting you just around the corner. When you get a drive belt, be sure you check the replacement interval recommended in the package and that you strictly follow the recommendation. When replacing any of the parts driven by the belt, such as the alternator, it's a good idea to inspect the condition of the belt. Watch out for serious cracks that may cause the belt to break very soon. If you notice that the belt already exhibits symptoms of failing any moment, be sure you replace it to avoid a more serious problem. Find your needed drive belt only here at Auto Parts Warehouse.

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Drive Belt Buying Guide: What You Need to Know

Your car is made up of different accessories that work together to keep your car running. Some of these accessories need to work at the same time. For this to be possible, your car's engine is equipped with a belt that operates every time you drive your car.

Unfortunately, just like other car parts, the belt eventually deteriorates because of varying engine temperature and environmental conditions. If your car's drive belt is already damaged, you should replace it immediately. Before buying a replacement drive belt, consider these pointers, so you won't regret your purchase.

Drive Belt vs. Serpentine Belt

If you're looking for a drive belt online, then you might have come across the term serpentine belt. Some stores refer to drive belts as serpentine belts, while others don't. Listed below are the differences between the drive belt and serpentine belt.

  • A drive belt and a serpentine belt are both drive belts, but drive belt is used to refer to a non-serpentine belt.
  • Nowadays, most automobiles use serpentine belts because they are long and continuous, and they drive several car parts at once.
  • Generally, the term drive belt refers to any belt that drives a certain car accessory.

OEM or Aftermarket

The perks of buying original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and aftermarket car parts have been subjects of many debates over the years. When it comes to drive belts, OEM belts are cheaper and made to fit your car. Also, an OEM belt is easy to install, so you can safely replace your damaged belt at home. On the other hand, aftermarket belts tend to last longer than OEM belts. However, they are expensive and may require professional installation. So you won't have a hard time choosing between the two, consider these two things: your car's make and model and your driving style. Never buy a car part just because it makes your car look good. Buy a part because it suits your driving style and your car's performance.

The Ideal Brand

The automobile industry is a continuously flourishing industry, so many people are investing in it. As a result, if you want to buy a new car part, you'll be bombarded by numerous brands that may or may not be the perfect brand for you. When buying a drive belt, always remember this: price influences quality. So, never buy a cheap drive belt if you're unsure of its quality. Always buy from trustworthy brands known for their products' quality and affordability.

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Quick Fix: How to Replace a Drive Belt

Drive belts are responsible for running different car accessories. If one of your car's drive belts is already stretched and cracked, it has to be replaced immediately. This guide will show you how you can replace your car's old drive belt at home.

Difficulty level: Moderate

Tools needed:

  • New drive belt
  • Crowbar
  • Screwdriver
  • Wrenches
  • Socket wrench

Step 1. Park your car in a safe place. Then, turn the engine off. Once the engine is cool, open the hood, and secure it with the prop rod.

Step 2. Find your car's damaged drive belt. Drive belts are driven by your car's crankshaft pulley, and they stretch across the sides of the engine.

Step 3. Using your wrench or socket wrench, loosen the mounting and retaining bolts on the part driving the damaged drive belt.

Step 4. For you to pull the drive belt from the pulley, loosen it with a pry bar. Once it's loose, remove the damaged belt from the crankshaft pulley. Take note that you may have to remove the other belts to get the damaged belt.

Step 5. Position the new belt on the crankshaft pulley. Then, slip it on the pulley of the accessory. You can use your pry bar or screwdriver to tighten the belt.

Step 6. To ensure that there is exactly 1/2" deflection up or down the belt, adjust the belt tension.

Step 7. Install the other belts if you removed them. Don't forget to adjust them as well.

Step 8. Make sure that the new belt isn't slipping under the engine load by starting the engine and turning on the accessory run by the belt. If the belt is slipping, readjust the belt.

Step 9. Once all the belts are in place, close the hood, and enjoy your car's new drive belt.