Gotta love Colorado weather. One day you can be reaching record highs with the thermometer reaching into the 100 degree mark, and the next you can be hitting record lows with an inch or more of rain.
Preparing for that as a person is difficult – should you dress for summer and bring a jacket? But for your car, its another story. Your car may sit outside in the hot sun all day, and no matter what the temperature is outside, it can get even hotter inside.
When heat builds up, it can take its toll on a variety of things, including your car’s belts. And once a belt breaks, it produces a domino effect that results a loss of power to your car. Meaning you are stuck wherever the belt happens to break.
Instead of waiting for that to happen, being proactive can ensure you won’t be stranded at the most inopportune time. Belts are inexpensive and easy to replace. On your next oil change, ask your neighborhood mechanic to check your belts as well – if you work with the same mechanic again and again, they will be able to monitor your car’s condition over the years.
Another fortunate thing about belts is they are predictive by nature and usually give you plenty of warning before they fail.
Experts recommend changing v-belts every 40,000 miles or so, and serpentine belts around 50,000 miles.
You can also listen for noises, or for different reactions in your normal driving conditions. If you notice any of the following, its best to schedule a maintenance visit with your mechanic as soon as possible:
Remember, a good rule of thumb is to have your belts checked on a regular basis. With just a little TLC, you’ll keep your car from breaking down at the least opportune times.
Are you tired of visiting the auto dealers and chain stores for your automotive needs, where you are nothing more than a number? Looking for that honest and friendly customer service you can usually only find in a small town? Look no further – that’s why we created Express Car Care Denver. Some of our services include no wait Oil Change - Brakes Service - Clutches - Tune-Ups but we provide additional services for your car, just stop by and let us take a look.
Call us with any questions - (303) 691-2760
Express Car Care is family owned and operated, and you will always see the same faces when you visit. While I own Express Car Care, I work here as well. You’ll always see me somewhere in the building, and I’m always around to answer your questions, or just to say hi.