You know that long belt that snakes around the front of your engine? It’s called the serpentine belt. The belt is driven by the engine as it turns. It powers your alternator, air conditioning compressor and power steering pump. On some vehicles it also runs the water pump, radiator fan and power brakes. It sounds like a lot of important stuff, doesn’t it? If your serpentine belt were to break, your battery would die in a few miles.
If it runs your fan or your water pump, your engine could overheat and steering and braking could be more difficult. Obviously, the best thing is to replace your serpentine belt before it breaks. Your owners manual recommends regular serpentine belt inspections. Just ask your Elite Auto Repair Service Advisor. You may have been told to look for cracks in your belt, to see if it needs to be replaced. Of course, cracks are still a concern, but modern belt material doesn’t crack as often as old belts did. In fact, worn belts often have no visible signs of wear at all. What we look for these days is wear in the grooves where the belt rides over the pulleys. Your technician has a special little tool that measures the depth of the grooves in the belt, to see if it needs replacing. A worn belt can slip or be misaligned, putting undue stress on the accessories it runs. It’s also important for the belt to be tight, so there’s a tensioner pulley on your engine that puts pressure on your belt to keep it at the right tension. If the belt is too loose, it will slip, causing performance problems with the accessories. The spring on the tensioner wears out over time, so we check the tensioner pulley when we replace the serpentine belt. If it’s worn we just replace the tensioner pulley along with the belt. Replacing your serpentine belt and belt tensioner when needed will keep you from unexpected repairs and breakdowns. Is it time to have your belt inspected?
Last week we talked about the making of the Rolls-Royce Phantom, one of the world’s spectacular super luxury automobiles. So, why not one more? We can dream, can’t we? 🙂 Today we’re going to look at the Bugatti Veyron. With its 16-cylinder four-wheel drive, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 may well be the most sophisticated production vehicle of all times. Here’s the story of this exotic super car and how it’s made…
We picked this up as reported on the NBC News site… Two of Toyota’s high-profile hybrid models, notably including the best-selling Prius, are being recalled due to brake problems, according to the Japanese maker. In all, about 87,000 vehicles are impacted, including Toyota Prius hatchbacks and Lexus HS 250h hybrids sold during the 2010 model-year. The maker does not say how many of each model are covered by the recall.