When you own a vehicle, you will want to make sure it is in efficient operating condition. There are several belts that help to make your vehicle run. The timing belt keeps the crankshaft and camshaft mechanically synchronized for engine timing. The serpentine, V-belt, and fan belt all transmit power from the front of the engine to the accessories that are ran, such as the air conditioning, charging system, and fans.
A broken belt is always bad because when it snaps, all the power to whatever the belt turns, will be lost. The water pump can become damaged as well. If you notice a belt squealing, especially on the fan or air conditioner, it may be a sign a belt is starting to go out. The alternator, power steering pump, air pump, or air conditioner compressor may become noisy due the excessive belt tension, which is another indication you may need a belt replaced soon.
The timing belt should be inspected when the general maintenance is done as well. Doing so will help prolong the life of your vehicle. If the timing belt breaks, the engine will stop working and more than likely cause major engine damage. If the belt slips, it could open at the wrong time and be stuck by your engine’s pistons. You will notice this from a slapping noise coming from your engine.
The serpentine belt powers the air conditioning compressor, power steering pump, cooling fan, as well as others. When this belt breaks, all of the engine parts it powers will stop, which could lead to your engine to overheat and be damaged. A warning noise that sounds like screeching coming from you engine usually is an indication it is starting to break.