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503-246-9781 | 6600 SW Scholls Ferry Road Portland, OR 97223

Avoid Car Trouble with a Belt Check

Avoid Car Trouble with a Belt Check

You may not see them, or know much about them, but engine belts are always working to keep your vehicle moving. Losing a belt can mean immediate trouble for the engine and a breakdown for you. To avoid being stranded, the non-profit Car Care Council recommends that motorists review the owner's manual to ensure that belts are inspected and replaced at the proper intervals.

A vehicle's belts are essential to the cooling, air conditioning and charging systems of the engine. Serpentine belts are used to turn the water pump, alternator, power steering and air-conditioning compressor. Older cars use V-belts for various accessories.

Always check serpentine and V-belts for looseness and their overall condition. Replace V-belts when cracked, frayed, glazed or showing signs of excessive wear. Noise in the belt system is a sign of wear and the smell of burnt rubber can indicate a slipping belt. When changing a serpentine belt, it is important to check all the components in the serpentine system as tensioners and pulleys wear at the same rate as the belt and should be inspected.

Typical serpentine belt replacement is 60,000 to 90,000 miles. Typical V-belt replacement is 40,000 to 50,000 miles. Replace timing belt per interval specified in the owner's manual.

"Why risk being stranded when a bad belt can be diagnosed with simple routine maintenance?" asked Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "Inspecting and replacing belts as specified in your owner's manual will help you avoid the hassle and expense of a sudden breakdown."

Source: Car Care Council


What Our Customers Are Saying

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They did a pre-purchase inspection on a used vehicle I was considering purchasing, and saved me THOUSANDS in repairs!!! I passed on the vehicle, it's still listed for sale even with all the issues it has, buyers beware!

, 05/25/2021

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Finally a mechanic I can trust. I've been through a lot with my car lately and ultimately found out that it had multiple issues. Chris and the rest of the team were great the whole way through. They communicated with me clearly about pricing, timing, and the work they were doing. I won't bother with any of the other mechanics ever again.

, 04/12/2021

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These guys have always been very upfront with every car we've taken to them. Very honest about things and just all around good guys that do great work.

, 03/31/2021

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I can't even begin to tell you what a great job these guys did for me. They allowed me to buy a used part and when the first one didn't work they let me keep my vehicle at the shop for weeks while we waited for the replacement, moving it into a bay at night so nothing would get stolen. They didn't even charge me for the fluid the second time around! Honestly, 5 stars isn't enough. Did great work, and gave me really good advice. These guys are all about honesty and integrity!!! Highly recommend them.

, 02/27/2021

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I went to Scholls Ferry Automotive because I felt that my front brakes needed to be replaced I asked for worst case estimate. I let them take a look at my brakes and told them what I was looking at spending. They examined my truck and made the repair for what I felt was an honest amount for the work that was done. They made very appropriate suggestions to improve the safety of my vehicle. I appreciate the fact the I was treated honestly and with respect. The next time I need something done I will be coming back.

, 02/06/2021

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Only automotive shop I have truly ever trusted with my vehicles. Honest, fair, extremely knowledgeable, fast service, reasonable prices, and friendly. We will continue you use Scholls Ferry and recommend them to friends and family.

, 02/01/2021

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