4 Tips to Keep In Mind When Changing An Automotive Belt
Written by Beatriz Berbet

3 min read • Published August 22, 22

Changing an automotive belt is difficult, but it can save you from a more expensive and dangerous procedure in the future. This blog article will outline five steps to help make this process much easier for you!

Types of automotive belt

There are several different types, and each style has its specific purpose. The most common type of automotive belt is the serpentine belt. Serpentine belts drive the alternator, power steering, and water pump. They are made of synthetic rubber and are very strong.

Another type of automotive belt is the timing belt. Timing belts are used to synchronize the rotation of the crankshaft and camshaft. They are usually made of reinforced rubber and are designed to last for tens of thousands of miles.

V-belts are another type of automotive belt. V-belts drive pulleys that power accessories like the air conditioning compressor and water pump. They are made of reinforced rubber and can withstand a lot of wear and tear.

When choosing an automotive belt, selecting the right type for the application is essential. Using the wrong belt type can result in poor performance or even damage the engine.

How to identify the type of belt

To identify the belt type, look at the width and the number of grooves. If the belt is more comprehensive and has tracks on both sides, it is a serpentine belt. If the belt is narrower and has ways on only one side, it is a V-belt.

When should you replace your belt?

It is generally recommended that you replace your automotive belt every 50,000 miles. However, checking your belt regularly for signs of wear and tear is a good idea. It is time to replace your belt if you notice any fraying or cracks.

 What are the symptoms of a worn belt?

The most common symptom of a worn belt is squealing from the engine. The squealing noise is caused by the belt slipping on the pulleys. This can cause damage to the belt and other engine components. Other symptoms of a worn belt include vibration and loss of power.

 How do you replace a belt?

Replacing an automotive belt is a relatively simple task that can be done at home with essential tools. First, locate the old belt and remove it from the pulleys. Next, install the new belt on the pulleys and make sure it is tight. Finally, start the engine and check for leaks.

Tips when replacing an automotive belt

1. When replacing an automotive belt, it is essential to check the owner’s manual to see what type of belt is recommended for your vehicle.

2. It is also essential to check the condition of the belt’s pulleys. If the pulleys are damaged, they will also need to be replaced.

3. When installing the new belt, it is important to ensure it is tight enough. However, if it is too close, it can cause damage to the engine.

4. Finally, once the new belt is installed, it is crucial to check it periodically to ensure it is still in good condition and has not become loose. Many people don’t realize that their belts can go wrong. That is why they fail to notice when a belt starts to wear down or gets too loose. However, if you want to avoid unnecessary delays and costly repairs, it is essential to check your belts every so often.


We hope you found these tips helpful when changing an automotive belt. Always consult your car’s owner manual before starting any work on your vehicle, and use caution when working around moving parts. With patience and care, you can successfully change an automotive belt yourself.

Beatriz Berbet

Marketing & Social Media Intern

As a Marketing and Social Media intern, Beatriz takes care of social networks and is responsible for making people know more about Savings.Club on the internet. When she's not working or at university, you'll find her with a book and a glass of wine.