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Service Basics: What is a Serpentine Belt?

Service Basics: What is a Serpentine Belt?

Every Acura on the road today is packed with features from bumper to bumper. Somewhere in between, at the front of the engine, there are a couple critical components that rely on the engine’s rotation to operate. That’s only possible if those systems are connected to the engine in some way. That’s where a serpentine belt enters the equation.

What is a Serpentine Belt?

Like other drive belts, it runs across pulleys and uses tension to rotate auxiliary systems. Previous engine designs used one belt for each function – a serpentine belt can often reduce the need to just one single belt.

It looks like it ‘snakes’ around all the pulleys in the engine bay, which is why it’s called a serpentine belt. It’s made out of synthetic rubber and reinforced with strands of high-strength fabric such as Kevlar.

What Functions Does It Operate?

The serpentine belt can drive any number of options. In many Acura models, you’ll find the serpentine belt operating an air conditioning compressor and rotating the alternator. On vehicles with hydraulic power steering systems, it also drives the power steering pump.

Without the serpentine belt to turn these functions, they would not work at all. The air conditioning would not blow cold air, the battery wouldn’t recharge, and your steering wheel would be extremely tough to turn.

What Goes Wrong With the Belt?

Like all rubber belts, the serpentine belt is prone to wear and tear over time. The ribs on the belt dry out and crack and the belt can stretch. If it’s left uncorrected, the belt will break or skip off the pulleys. It can be dangerous if this happens, especially if you’re driving when it occurs.

 

If your Acura’s belts look like they’ve seen better days, or if you don’t think you’ve ever had your belt replaced, give Jay Wolfe Acura of Springfield a call. We’ll check your belt for you and let you know how it’s doing. You can count on our factory-trained technicians to do the job right if it needs to be replaced.

How Does a Dual Clutch Transmission Work?

How Does a Dual Clutch Transmission Work?

You’ve seen a dual clutch transmission advertised by Acura for a few different vehicles. The Acura TLX, the Acura ILX and sport hybrid models use the dual clutch transmission to create the most performance-oriented experience from your Acura. But what is it all about? How does it work, and what does it do for you?…

Does Your Suspension Need Attention?

Does Your Suspension Need Attention?

You drive your car every day. When you’re cruising down the Interstate or weaving your way through traffic at Missouri State University, it seems you’re always in the driver’s seat. After a little while, your Acura’s smooth, refined suspension gets a little bumpy. You feel those potholes more than you used to and the speed…

Telltale Signs Your Acura Needs a Wheel Alignment

Telltale Signs Your Acura Needs a Wheel Alignment

Summer or winter, spring or fall, hazards are all over the roads. They come in the form of ruts and potholes, or even the occasional curb. After some driving, your Acura just doesn’t handle the way it used to. Could it be that you need a wheel alignment?   Odds are pretty good that your…

What Do Those Warning Lights Mean?

What Do Those Warning Lights Mean?

When you turn the key from off to on, your Acura’s dash lights up. A bunch of lights in an array of colors illuminate for a moment or two, then they go off. Those are warning lights, but at that stage, it’s of no concern. That’s just a bulb check. But if those warning lights…

Signs You Need Brake Repairs

Signs You Need Brake Repairs

Hint: it’s not just squealing brakes that mean you need brake repairs.   When you’re cruising through town in your Acura, there’s a great source of pride you feel. You’re driving a premium vehicle, full of top-of-the-line luxury features. Your vehicle has incredible performance, accelerating quickly and handling nimbly around every corner. Yet, when you…

Why is Powertrain Warranty Important?

Why is Powertrain Warranty Important?

When you were shopping for your Acura car or SUV, you heard plenty of references to the outstanding powertrain warranty. You read about, or were told about, the amazing 6-year, 70,000-mile powertrain coverage on new Acuras. But maybe it went over your head, or you may not understand why the emphasis on that warranty coverage.…

Make Your Tires Last Longer With These Simple Tips

Make Your Tires Last Longer With These Simple Tips

Oh, those black rubber rings that your car rides on… When your tires are new, your Acura drives so well. You have traction in rain, snow, ice, and on those steamy hot days as well. Yet as you drive longer and further, the tread wears down and your Acura just doesn’t handle as nice anymore.…

Is Rustproofing Necessary for my Acura?

Is Rustproofing Necessary for my Acura?

You’ve made a wise choice to buy an Acura. Acura cars from the RLX to the ILX, and SUVs from the MDX to the RDX are manufactured to the highest standard. That means each part is produced using the highest quality materials, whether the interior fabric, the plastics and moldings, the electrical controls and buttons,…

Why an Extended Warranty is a Great Investment

Why an Extended Warranty is a Great Investment

Whether you drive an Acura TL, TSX, RDX, or ILX, you never have to question the quality of your vehicle. It’s an Acura, and it’s the highest level of precision and performance you’ll find under the Honda umbrella. Yet, even an Acura can have issues at one time or another. With an Acura extended warranty, you…