• Automotive Tips from Interstate Auto Care: Serpentine Belt Overview

    Sunday 01 April 2018

    The technicians at Interstate Auto Care know your serpentine belt drives important engine accessories like your alternator, air conditioning compressor, and power steering. In some cars it may also power the power brakes or water pump. The serpentine belt is powered by the engine and winds around pulleys and the accessories. Some cars in MADISON HEIGHTS have two serpentine belts. The serpentine belt, the belt tensioner (which maintains the appropriate tension on the belt) and the idler... read more

  • Automotive Tips from Interstate Auto Care: Serpentine Belt System Wear

    Thursday 18 May 2017

    The primary job of the serpentine belt for MADISON HEIGHTS drivers is to provide important traction to spin the accessories. As the belt wears it loses some of its grip and the accessories may not spin at optimal speeds. For example, if your alternator doesn’t spin fast enough, the battery will not completely recharge while you’re driving and you could end up stranded around MADISON HEIGHTS with a dead battery. In short, a worn serpentine belt will stress all of the accesso... read more

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