The belts in your vehicle are an important part of its smooth operation in Anchorage, AK. While older vehicles tended to have multiple belts, modern vehicles usually only have one belt. No matter how many belts your vehicle has, though, they all have the common purpose of keeping various components turning to provide energy for operation.

Most cars have a serpentine belt. It is named as such because, just like a serpent, it slithers through tight areas in a complex configuration to be able to touch multiple components of your vehicle. The alternator, water pump, air conditioner compressor, and other important components all depend on the serpentine belt to function properly.

At Lithia Kia of Anchorage, we recommend having your belts inspected every time you have your vehicle in for service. With so many components depending on a properly functioning belt, you don’t want to risk it malfunctioning due to a flaw that went unnoticed. The most common problem with belts is cracking that occurs due to long-term exposure to heat from the engine. Fortunately, most serpentine belts last at least 40,000 miles, meaning that you won’t have to replace your belt very often while you own your vehicle.

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