Your Ford vehicle has a number of parts hard at work under its hood. Many would be useless if it weren't for the high-quality belts that were installed at the factory. Without them, your car, truck, or SUV would have a tough time running right.
How Belts Work
There are two types of belts in most vehicles, not counting the seatbelts that keep you safe and sound. The first type is a timing belt. This notched rubber belt helps the crankshaft turn your engine camshaft. If it breaks, your engine is going to stop running right away. That's not good. The other type of belts that you'll find are serpentine, or drive, belts. There are many more of them, since they power a variety of parts. Your alternator, power steering, air conditioning compressor, and more all rely on this kind of belts in order to move. If these belts go bad, you can generally still continue driving – but not comfortably.
How to Tell When a Belt Needs Replacing
Your owner's manual will offer a general timeline for changing your belts, but you should check your belts regularly to ensure that they're in good shape. Check for:
- Cracked or frayed edges
- Slack or loose belts
When it's time to replace a belt, make sure that you choose the best one for your car, truck, or SUV. Those are the genuine ones made by Ford. They're guaranteed to be compatible with your model, so you can trust both fit and performance. Our online auto parts department has everything you need for your project. Buy today and we'll ship your order straight to your door!
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