Beneath the hood of your vehicle (or the trunk/boot, if you own a VW), there’s a lot going on when the engine is running. A lot of surfaces get very hot, very fast under there. Some of the elements travel at breakneck speeds—electronic signals, fans, fluids, and belts among them.
It’s the belts that keep nearly everything running as well as they’re supposed to. This is why proper drive belt service is critical to your vehicle's success. Failure to inspect and replace belts when recommended can result in your vehicle stranding you during critical moments. And although just getting stranded is bad enough, when some of these butt-kicking belts break, you’re looking at losing more than a few hours—you’re looking at some major repair bills.
Broken timing belts (which lie unseen inside engines) can sabotage your engine faster than you can think to turn off the ignition, causing thousands of dollars of damage in a heartbeat. Consult your owner’s manual to find the recommended replacement mileage for your make and model. Timing belt replacement should happen somewhere between every 60,000 to every 105,000 miles. Don’t presume to know what your mileage number is until you look it up in your manual or call Chucks Auto Repair. We will be happy to look up your interval and even give you a quote!
Please take a few moments and watch one of our quick videos to visually learn about your vehicles drive belt system and importance of keeping up the maintenance and servicing of your vehicle.
TIMING BELT TENSIONER
Drive Belt Service Essentials
Then there are drive belts, which you can inspect at your leisure by lifting the hood (or trunk/boot, you VW’ers). When drive belts start to go south, you can actually see and hear them, but it’s best to start keeping an eye on visible drive belts before they get that far gone. Here are the telltale signs of a drive belt on its last legs:
Look for wear and tear regularly:cracks or chips, missing teeth or ribbing. If you spot any of these issues, replace your drive belt immediately or have a professional mechanic install one for you. Other visual damage includes spots of oil or coolant. If you notice any of these telltale signs on your belt, it’s time for a change. Your drive belt should always look clean and robust.
Starting becomes problematic: as you know, a lot of things can cause your vehicle to struggle when starting but your drive belt is among the top contenders when you can no longer rely on a quick start.
A high-pitched sound: shrieking or whirring, especially during start up, is a dead giveaway. You may also hear something amiss when idling. To investigate, open the hood while your car is running to see if you can determine where the sound is coming from. (Engine parts can be hot. Be careful!)
Call today if you think any of your vehicle belts (seen or unseen) are becoming problematic—remember, they share a lot of responsibility for making sure you get where you’re going. We can service your belts at our convenient locations in North Seattle and Shoreline.
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surprising based on age of car. They texted a detailed quote then called me to go over each item. No pressure on me to approve any or all the work. Because of scope of repairs, could not be completed same day. But work was done within time frame provided. One part cost slightly more than estimated only because they had to get from the dealer(again due to age of car)although they did try other options first. This was discussed before proceeding. I was very satisfied with the communication and professionalism.
Chuck's Auto Repair - Maple Leaf
5 out of 5 stars
posted 2 months ago
My daughter’s catalytic converter was stolen from her Honda CRV. Owen not only replaced this after working with our auto insurance but he and the team replaced the sway bar...
that was actually nonfunctional.
The service provided was not only excellent and timely but the team was also outstanding. They answered all our questions and were more than willing to let us know what steps needed to be taken along the way. We are happy to finally know and put out trust in an auto shop in Seattle for all our auto problems. We would recommend them to anyone who is having car problems.