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Your car’s serpentine belt runs through your engine like a serpent, hence the name. It runs several systems in your car, such as owe steering, water pump, air conditioning, alternator, and some others. This belt is a great invention, but when it breaks your car will not run. It is a good idea to get it checked periodically so you avoid a breakdown on the highway. As a belt wears it will run those systems less efficiently, so if you schedule this service, it will also help your car run more efficiently. Bring your car to Greg Young Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Plattsmouth, NE to get your serpentine belt checked or replaced. We service customers all over the Omaha, NE area.
The good news is serpentine belts are tough and are not likely to just break while you drive. They should last 100,000 miles or so, but they can break and your car will in inoperable and if you are going fast down the highway it could cause serious damage to your engine. Belts do wear out though and operate less efficiently over time. A loose belt would not send enough energy to the alternator, which would prevent your battery from recharging and you could have a dead battery as a result. The serpentine belt is a good example of how your engine parts depend on each other. The worn belt makes all your systems work harder and wear out faster while not working as well as they should. In a worst-case scenario, a broken belt could also cause you to lose control of your car as the power steering will go out. Getting your belt checked regularly is a good idea, and this should keep you from having it break on you while driving. The wear can be seen by certified technicians and they will let you know if it needs to be changed. It is a good idea to change it when the owner’s manual suggests even if there is no sign of wear.
At Gregg Young Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Plattsmouth, NE we care about your vehicle. Checking the belt should be part of normal maintenance and does not take a long time. Even replacing one is not a time-consuming job. While you wait in our comfortable waiting area, enjoy our coffee & beverage bar, free WiFi, magazines & newspapers, as well as workstations if you need to catch up on some work. Also, check out our Mopar Parts Boutique if you need high-performance parts. We are in Plattsmouth, NE, (Cass County), serving the whole Omaha, NE area.