How important is my serpentine belt?

Your vehicle’s serpentine belt is located in the front of your engine and transports power to important automotive components. The name serpentine is derived from the snaking, long, and winding nature of the belt. The serpentine belt is responsible for efficiently running your power steering pump, alternator, air conditioning, and potentially your water pump. You can expect your serpentine belt to last from 50,000 to 100,000 miles.

An aging belt wears over time and can eventually crack and fray. Worn belts can become shiny in appearance and have a glazed look. When the belt and pulley system begins to fail, you may hear a squealing sound from your belt slipping or a bad bearing from your pulley. If you believe you have any issues with your serpentine belt, bring your vehicle to an ASE certified automotive shop such as Ferber’s Tire and Auto for a replacement!