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A serpentine belt also known as drive belt, fan belt, alternator belt or V-belt is made from rubber and is a relatively long, flat, multi-ribbed belt ,it drives a range of ancillary on a vehicle’s engine, this belt is driven by the engine’s crankshaft pulley and the accessories on the engine such as the alternator, AC compressor, power steering pump and water pump are driven with the help of this belt.
Most car manufactures recommends the replacement of drive belt at or around 80,000 miles, however its very important to visually inspect the condition of the belt at regular intervals for cracks and wear, if you see cracks or visible signs of deterioration such as missing chunks of rubber simply get it inspected by the technician and change it soon as possible to avoid any inconvenience.
No. If you drive your car with faulty, loose or snapped drive belt it could potentially leave you stranded as your car battery recharging and coolant re-circulation depends on the belt there are other components such as power steering and AC compressor dependent on this belt as well.
It depends on the vehicle make, model and time to change the belt. Select your car make and model at the top of the page to find out the exact cost on your vehicle, we have a network of mobile mechanic's nationwide who can come to your home or office to do the repair work on your car if you book with us online. Average cost of replacing serpentine belt on most of the modern cars is between £75 to £125.