What is a Serpentine Belt?

Serpentine Belt

What does a serpentine belt do? A serpentine belt is an important part of your vehicle’s engine block. It powers the alternator, power steering pump, air conditioning compressor, and other engine components. Find out about when to replace your serpentine belt, and how to spot serpentine belt issues when you are between service appointments. If you find out you’re in need of replacement serpentine belts, rely on the Rallye BMW Parts Center near Syosset for genuine BMW parts.

How Long Do Serpentine Belts Last?

Most modern serpentine belts are able to last anywhere between 50,000 and 100,000 miles, which is a fairly big window of time. This is because there are a variety of factors that will affect the lifespan of a serpentine belt that may be hard to predict, including road conditions, climate, driving habits, and vehicle type.  It’s a good idea to check your owner’s manual for model-specific recommendations, but you can also talk to your Roslyn-area authorized BMW service center as they might be more familiar with how long certain parts last in the local environment. You’ll also want to keep an eye out for some of the warning signs listed below, before the belt breaks mid-drive.

How Do I Know It’s Time to Replace My Serpentine Belt?

If it’s time to the belt inspected or the serpentine belt needs to be replaced, you may notice some of the following warning signs:

  • Squealing and chirping sounds coming from under the hood of your car
  • Failure of vehicle systems like your power steering and air conditioner
  • Cracks and wear on the rubber of your serpentine belt when you pop the hood and have a look
  • Vehicle failure

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What If I Don’t Replace My Serpentine Belt?

If you don’t replace your serpentine belt when it shows signs of wear or dysfunction, then you’re risking the failure of a variety of different vehicle systems, including the power steering, alternator, water pump, and air conditioner.

Rely on Rallye BMW for Parts and Service

If you’ve experienced any of the issues listed above, it’s likely time to bring your vehicle in for a serpentine belt replacement at Rallye BMW near Jericho. We have a number of parts and service specials going on now. If you have questions about auto parts or vehicle maintenance ahead of time, contact us for answers! We’re your source for all things related to your vehicle, from BMW batteries to BMW tires.

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