A drive belt (also can be called accessory drive belt, serpentine belt, alternator belt, or fan belt) is a rubber belt that powers the engines accessories. This always includes the alternator and AC compressor. The timing belt drives the cam shafts of the engine and thus, the valves and timing of the engine.
People also ask, how much does it cost to replace a drive belt?
The average cost for a serpentine belt replacement is between $76 and $164. Labor costs are estimated between $35 and $100 while parts are priced between $41 and $64. Estimate does not include taxes and fees.
When should a drive belt be replaced?
Serpentine belts are built to last – much longer than before because of advancements in rubber technology. Under ideal conditions, a belt should stick with you for an average of 60,000 to 100,000 miles. Pretty impressive. However, some belts are manually tensioned and may need to be adjusted.
What happens when a belt breaks on your car?
That means when your belt breaks, slips and, ultimately, wears out, everything – from the power steering pump to the alternator and air conditioner – stops working. What's more, the parts it controls can become severely damaged. Broken hoses and belts are bad; a damaged engine is even worse.