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Automotive Tips from Jones Automotive: Serpentine Belt Tensioner

Posted January 07, 2018 08:30 AM

The serpentine belt tensioner applies pressure to the serpentine belt, maintaining optimal tension to drive the accessories like the alternator and A/C compressor. At Jones Automotive we know that the service life of the belt tensioner is the same as the belt itself, so they should always be replaced together. A worn tensioner prevents the accessories from spinning properly, leading to premature wear and noise for Belton drivers.

Your vehicle manufacturer has a recommended mileage interval for serpentine belt replacement. A complete accessory drive system service replaces the serpentine belt, the belt tensioner and any idler pulleys your car might have. Your friendly and professional Jones Automotive service advisor can inspect your system and let you know if it’s time for a replacement.

Give us a call.

Jones Automotive
103 N Main Street
Belton, Texas 76513
(254) 939-3785

 



Automotive Tips from Jones Automotive: Serpentine Belt System Wear

Posted April 10, 2017 04:38 AM

The primary job of the serpentine belt for Belton 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 Belton with a dead battery.

In short, a worn serpentine belt will stress all of the accessories it powers leading to premature wear and possible early replacement. When as little as 5% of belt material is lost, the serpentine belt cannot provide the proper traction for the accessories. Your friendly and professional Jones Automotive service advisor can inspect your belt for excessive wear and replace your serpentine belt system if it’s excessively worn.

Give us a call.

Jones Automotive
103 N Main Street
Belton, Texas 76513
(254) 939-3785



Automotive Tips from Jones Automotive: Serpentine Belt Overview

Posted March 07, 2016 05:01 AM

The technicians at Jones Automotive 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 Belton have two serpentine belts.


The serpentine belt, the belt tensioner (which maintains the appropriate tension on the belt) and the idler pulleys are together known as the accessory drive system.

Now your serpentine belt and the belt tensioner will just wear out over time – that’s why your vehicle manufacturer has a scheduled belt replacement interval. The team at Jones Automotive in Belton can inspect your serpentine belt for wear and get it replaced if it’s time.

Give us a call.

Jones Automotive
103 N Main Street
Belton, Texas 76513
(254) 939-3785