2023 Author: Charles Youmans | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-20 18:41
Every motorist knows that sooner or later the time comes to change the drive belt, but not everyone can determine the optimal time for this. Auto mechanics told how not to miss this moment. In their opinion, the first "bell" of the upcoming repair will be the presence of an extraneous sound that occurs during engine operation.
Recall that the main task of all pulleys is to transfer rotations to the engine attachment. If the element is worn out, one or more belts will eventually break. So, let's figure out what moment is considered the most optimal for changing the belt on the drive, in order to avoid accidents.
A drive belt is needed to transfer torque from the engine to the rest of the components. On its surface, you can see deep wedge-shaped or toothed grooves that provide friction and engagement. Some people mistakenly assume that the timing belt is not part of the drive system.
Drive belts can be divided into two groups. The first consists of timing belts, which are responsible for the transmission of the gas distribution mechanism, the second - of the attachment belts. In addition, belts are divided into types: toothed, V-shaped and poly-V-belts. The last two are responsible precisely for the transfer of forces to the attachment. In common people, you can also hear the name "brook" for wedge and "flat" for poly-wedge.
It is worth saying that the timing belt especially needs careful monitoring and timely replacement. The timing for replacing the drive belt is not so strict, but it is necessary to monitor its condition in order to prevent rupture. If you hear a squeak or whistle, then the belt is most likely loose and slipping over the pulleys.
Negligence will lead to cracks and scuffs in the drive belts. In this case, a complete replacement is required. If this is not done, then, at best, the equipment will stop working. If the belt breaks, then a loud bang is heard under the hood. If this happened to the generator belt, then the current supply will stop, and the corresponding signal will light up on the tidy.
The second sign of a break is the termination of the operation of the power steering and the inability to cool the motor due to non-flowing fluid. In this case, the movement of the car must be stopped and immediately contact the service station.
On average, belts on modern cars can withstand a fairly long service life - about 25,000 kilometers. But in practice, this figure is slightly lower. In addition, the storage conditions of the spare part before its installation on the car also affects the service life. According to the norms, it is not recommended to store belts for more than 5 years, but in fact, very few people follow this rule.