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What is a serpentine belt?

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A serpentine belt is a rubber belt with a ribbed side that drives vital vehicle components, such as the alternator, power steering, water pump, air conditioning and many other accessories in a vehicle. As a serpentine belt breaks, many critical vehicle functions cease simultaneously.

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What is a serpentine belt?
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Signs that a serpentine belt needs to be changed are cracks, holes and abrasions on the belt. It is recommended that serpentine belts are checked every time the oil is changed in a vehicle. Normally, a serpentine belt will tear or shred before breaking, giving motorists ample warning to have the belt replaced before it breaks.

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