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What is a Serpentine Belt?

Serpentine belt

Some Myrtle Beach drivers have asked us at Beach Ford, “What is a serpentine belt?” Beach Ford is happy to answer your questions. A serpentine belt provides power to your air conditioner compressor, alternator, power steering pump, and more. Read on to learn when to replace a serpentine belt, and if you need auto service, make a service appointment or contact our service center. We are your best resource around Conway for auto maintenance, parts, accessories, and of course, we have an extensive inventory of new Ford models and used vehicles.

How Long Do Serpentine Belts Last?

Now that you know the answer to the question, “What is a serpentine belt?” are you wondering how long they last? Serpentine belts usually last between 50,000 and 100,000 miles. How long yours will last depends on driving conditions. If you take your vehicle off-road frequently in the Murrells Inlet area, it will likely not last as long as someone that doesn’t take their vehicle off-road.

When To Replace a Serpentine Belt?

Do you know when to replace a serpentine belt? It’s crucial to know because not replacing it when needed might cause the failure of your alternator, air conditioner, or power steering systems and leave you stranded on the side of Florence streets or beyond. Always replace your serpentine belt as soon as you begin to experience trouble with it.

Indications of a Faulty Serpentine Belt

How do you know when it’s time to replace your serpentine belt? We’re glad you asked! Keep your eyes out for any of the following indicators:

  • Problems with your power steering or air conditioning
  • Strange sounds, like squeaking, squealing, or chirping coming from underneath your hood
  • Visible wear on the rubber of your serpentine belt 
  • Your vehicle won’t start

Bring Your Vehicle to Beach Ford for Service

Now that you know when to replace a serpentine belt, if you’re experiencing any of the issues above, contact us at Beach Ford. It’s probably time to bring your car in for service. Our certified Ford technicians will have you back on Myrtle Beach roads quickly. Browse our service specials to see if you can save some money, and give us a call when we can be of service. We’re here for you!


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