There are various belts on your car that perform important functions, and it’s important to know the difference so you can identify problems. Here’s a quick rundown of car belts and what they do:
The most important belt is the serpentine belt, which has actually replaced most of the belts that used to exist in cars. If you have an older vehicle, you might have a power steering belt and others for various other purposes, but newer cars will have a serpentine belt and sometimes a timing belt.
The serpentine belt connects the engine to front-mounted accessories. It’s stretched around several points to form V-shapes which provide more compact with mating pulleys to make the belt as stable as possible. This belt controls power steering, air conditioning, the cooling fan, and the air injection pump. It’s important to regularly check that the serpentine belt is still fully functional, as it controls a huge variety of essential functions in your car.
The timing belt is responsible for keeping the position of the pistons matched up properly to the valve operation and can operate the other components like the oil pump.
Both of these belts are extremely important to your car’s health, so make sure you take good care of them and have maintenance completely on your car regularly!
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