Regularly inspecting your car or truck's belts will prevent a break down and extend the life of your engine.
Inspecting an auto's belts and replacing them when they become worn is an essential part of proper car and truck maintenance. An engine cannot run properly without adequate belts. One can usually identify a weakened belt by a peculiar squeaking or scraping noise, but one can identify issues much sooner by visually and physically inspecting them. Conducting monthly inspections of your belts will help to prevent premature engine wear and may extend the life of your vehicle.
There are a number of different belts in one's engine, each performing a unique, important function. One can learn the different types of belts and what they do by reading CarGuide123's article, 'Types of Auto Belts.'
Glazing: The belt becomes slick and shiny if a loose belt slips in its pulley. The glazed belt can't grip adequately, so it slips even more.
Cracking: Belt can snap.
Oil: Oil or other engine fluids spilled on the belt or in the pulley grooves can glaze the belt and increase slippage.
Piling: The belt's rubber compound wears off, building up on the drive pulleys.
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