Mechanic checking car Belts

Car Maintenance: Check your car belts

Lift up your bonnet and you will find a series of rubber drive belts that wrap around various pulleys – they drive everything from the alternator to the compressor and power steering pump. A lot of older vehicles used the V-belts, but in today’s world. All cars use a single belt to drive a variety of components. The belts do wear down eventually, and it is best to check them on a regular basis. This is your guide for doing just that:

    If you hear a squealing sound from your engine, this means one of your belts is loose or damaged

    Check belts for signs of wear and tear: Do not just visually look over it; squeeze and twist them as you look for splits and fraying

    Is your belt glazed over or really smooth? This can cause your belt to slip

    Check the belts alignments on the pulleys

    Look and feel for rubber deposit residue

    Search for little breaks which could be catching on the pulleys

    Check the tension – there should be no give that is longer than 2.5 centimetres