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706-278-6178 | 1817 S Dixie Hwy Dalton, GA 30720

Avoid Car Trouble with a Belt Check

Avoid Car Trouble with a Belt Check

You may not see them, or know much about them, but engine belts are always working to keep your vehicle moving. Losing a belt can mean immediate trouble for the engine and a breakdown for you. To avoid being stranded, the non-profit Car Care Council recommends that motorists review the owner's manual to ensure that belts are inspected and replaced at the proper intervals.

A vehicle's belts are essential to the cooling, air conditioning and charging systems of the engine. Serpentine belts are used to turn the water pump, alternator, power steering and air-conditioning compressor. Older cars use V-belts for various accessories.

Always check serpentine and V-belts for looseness and their overall condition. Replace V-belts when cracked, frayed, glazed or showing signs of excessive wear. Noise in the belt system is a sign of wear and the smell of burnt rubber can indicate a slipping belt. When changing a serpentine belt, it is important to check all the components in the serpentine system as tensioners and pulleys wear at the same rate as the belt and should be inspected.

Typical serpentine belt replacement is 60,000 to 90,000 miles. Typical V-belt replacement is 40,000 to 50,000 miles. Replace timing belt per interval specified in the owner's manual.

"Why risk being stranded when a bad belt can be diagnosed with simple routine maintenance?" asked Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "Inspecting and replacing belts as specified in your owner's manual will help you avoid the hassle and expense of a sudden breakdown."

Source: Car Care Council


What Our Customers Are Saying

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Had ac work done. The owner was honest and did great work. He also reached out to me a week later to see if there were any issues with the repair. I highly recommend this shop.

, 05/16/2021

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Gary and the guys here @ Harris Service Center are top notch! They really do know their stuff! Had an A/C problem on my Kia and was pushed around by other automotive centers until I visited Gary, Told him what was happening and in a matter of minutes he was on it! Had me in and out in less than 2 hrs, IMPRESSIVE! Please if you ever need anything done to your vehicle and don't know where to go! Go to Harris Service Center!! And see Gary and the guys! I HIGHLY recommend them!! Thanks again for your 5 star performance! You all really know what it means to be in the business!!! Thank you!!

, 07/15/2020

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Driving through Georgia on our way home from Florida we ran into car problems and ended up stopping in Dalton, we found Harris service center by chance, Very friendly & extremely professional, great service... highly recommended!

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Great folks. Good repairs at great prices.

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Great service every time and they are always professional. Never had to bring my car back. They always fix the problem.

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Always get quick and helpful service here with good pricing.

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