Your Kia is a true marvel, combining exceptional engineering with affordability, comfort with safety, power with fuel efficiency. To make sure that your Kia continues serving you well for years to come, it’s vital that you take good care of it. While this includes regular services like oil changes and tire rotations, it also means that you will occasionally need to have services like serpentine belt replacement performed. At Ray Skillman Southside Kia, we’re here for all your Kia needs — and this includes serpentine belt replacement. Learn more about what this service involves here, and then head in to see why drivers from Greenwood, Smith Valley, and beyond choose Ray Skillman Southside Kia for all their Kia service needs.
Decades ago, vehicles would have a number of belts that controlled different parts of the vehicle. The alternator had a belt, the water pump had a belt, the A/C compressor had a belt, and so on. As engine technology has progressed, these belts have been combined into a more efficient serpentine belt, which is also called the fan belt or the accessory belt. This one belt loops like a snake around a number of pulleys in your engine, controlling features like the power steering pump, the alternator, the water pump, and more.
The serpentine belt in your Kia’s engine is designed to last for tens of thousands of miles. However, it’s still made from a rubber compound, which means that it will wear down over time. Eventually, it can become worn enough that it breaks. A broken serpentine belt means that all the features we mentioned above — including the alternator and the power steering pump — will stop working. Because of this, we strongly recommend changing the belt before it breaks.
If the serpentine belt is in bad shape, it may cause the check engine light to come on. You may also hear noises coming from the engine. However, the best way to know if your serpentine belt needs replacing is to come to Ray Skillman Southside Kia for regular multi-point inspections. Our technicians will check the serpentine belt for signs of wear.
Use the online service scheduler at Ray Skillman Southside Kia to make your appointment for serpentine belt replacement. We look forward to helping you!