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503-590-9798 | 12394 SW Scholls Ferry Rd Tigard, OR 97223

Avoid Car Trouble with a Belt Check

Avoid Car Trouble with a Belt Check

You may not see them, or know much about them, but engine belts are always working to keep your vehicle moving. Losing a belt can mean immediate trouble for the engine and a breakdown for you. To avoid being stranded, the non-profit Car Care Council recommends that motorists review the owner's manual to ensure that belts are inspected and replaced at the proper intervals.

A vehicle's belts are essential to the cooling, air conditioning and charging systems of the engine. Serpentine belts are used to turn the water pump, alternator, power steering and air-conditioning compressor. Older cars use V-belts for various accessories.

Always check serpentine and V-belts for looseness and their overall condition. Replace V-belts when cracked, frayed, glazed or showing signs of excessive wear. Noise in the belt system is a sign of wear and the smell of burnt rubber can indicate a slipping belt. When changing a serpentine belt, it is important to check all the components in the serpentine system as tensioners and pulleys wear at the same rate as the belt and should be inspected.

Typical serpentine belt replacement is 60,000 to 90,000 miles. Typical V-belt replacement is 40,000 to 50,000 miles. Replace timing belt per interval specified in the owner's manual.

"Why risk being stranded when a bad belt can be diagnosed with simple routine maintenance?" asked Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "Inspecting and replacing belts as specified in your owner's manual will help you avoid the hassle and expense of a sudden breakdown."

Source: Car Care Council


What Our Customers Are Saying

Very happy with their work, keeping me up-to-date on progress. Also happy to have a loaner car available.

, 09/10/2021
I have been to the Valvoline next door to you many times and noticed your shop. You are now my first choice for any automotive repairs in the future.

, 04/02/2020
We have been using Tigard SUV since 2006. In that time we have had a number of car/truck issues come up. I feel very comfortable leaving our vehicle with Dan and his team. They really go the extra mile to figure out the exact issue and only fix what is required. Thanks for your great service and I will be a loyal customer in the future.

, 01/23/2020

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We can't begin to thank Chris and Dan for all the help and offer of more help for our very troubled car. The end result was good for us, however, it no doubt cost them a lot. Our thanks seems very small.

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