When to Replace Your Rubber Belt

A drive belt is made of very durable rubber material. Usually, drive belts are made from an oil-resistant rubber such as neoprene or other artificial rubber materials.

However, it will still suffer from wear with use over a period of time.

Generally, a drive belt will last for 45,000 – 75,000 miles or a period of three to five years.

A worn belt will usually cause noises, squeaking, squealing or chirping-sounds, which is the warning to have it looked at.

Once the belt breaks, the engine will not function properly.

The car will not be able to be driven. If the engine is allowed to run without a working drive belt, it could overheat because the water pump will not be able to circulate antifreeze through the radiator.

Your battery light could come on because the alternator has also been interrupted.

And, if your car has power steering, the steering pump will not be functioning making steering very stiff and sometimes impossible.

To avoid surprises, it is always advisable to have your drive belt checked when you have your car serviced.

The mechanic will look for signs of wear, such as cracking, splits, any damaged or frayed edges, or other signs of wear. If any of these signs are noticeable, replacing the Rubber Drive Belts is necessary immediately.