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What is the difference between a V belt and a serpentine belt?

What is the difference between a V belt and a serpentine belt?
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2 Answers. V belts are traditionally found in older motors, where you would have a series of those belts coming off the crankshaft, each to their own individual accessory group (alternator, a/c compressor, etc). ... Serpentine belts are much thicker by comparison and generally unify all accessories under one belt system.

  1. Is Serpentine better than V belt?
  2. What does the V belt do?
  3. How do I know if my V belt is bad?
  4. How long do V belts last?
  5. What are the best serpentine belts?
  6. When did Ford start using serpentine belts?
  7. What happens if V belt breaks?
  8. What are the 3 belts in a car?
  9. Why would you use a belt drive instead of a chain drive?
  10. How expensive is it to replace a serpentine belt?
  11. How far can you drive without a serpentine belt?

Is Serpentine better than V belt?

Even though a serpentine belt is wider and flatter than a traditional V-belt, it is still lighter than a V-belt. Not only is the serpentine belt lighter, but its flat design allows for better “traction” from the belt while working with the pulleys.

What does the V belt do?

The V-belt acts as a transmission belt. Combining the V-belt pulleys, it carries the force from the engine to the ancillary elements including the alternator, the pressure-driven pump for the power steering. The V-belt uses the power from the rotation of the crankshaft and drives further units via V-belt pulleys.

How do I know if my V belt is bad?

Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Serpentine/Drive Belt

  1. Squealing noise from the front of the vehicle. If you notice a squealing noise coming from the front of your vehicle, it could be from the serpentine belt. ...
  2. Power steering and AC not working. If the serpentine belt completely fails and breaks, then your car will break down. ...
  3. Engine overheating. ...
  4. Cracks and wear on the belt.

How long do V belts last?

If your vehicle is equipped with v belts, they should be replaced within 3 years, or 40,000 miles. Beyond this point, car belt life will be dramatically reduced.

What are the best serpentine belts?

The ACDelco 6K930 is one of the most durable serpentine belts on the market. This is thanks to its tough construction, featuring EPDM rubber, which is dependable, crack-resistant, and lasts 60 percent longer than most retail belts.

When did Ford start using serpentine belts?

Yep, reverse rotation = serpentine belt. The first year for that was about 1983/84 for some models, but by 1986 they all had it.

What happens if V belt breaks?

If your serpentine belt wears out, becomes damaged or contaminated, or breaks, engine accessories will not be able to spin at the proper speed, leading to decreased power to the electrical system. ... Advances in material technology allow some belts to last more than 100k miles.

What are the 3 belts in a car?

Belts & Hoses

Why would you use a belt drive instead of a chain drive?

Unlike chain drive, which requires very frequent cleaning, tightening and maintenance, belt drives are relative maintenance free. They run clean as they don't have to be lubricated with sticky lubes and don't require cleaning either.

How expensive is it to replace a serpentine belt?

It is very inexpensive to replace a serpentine belt whether it's broken or loose. The replacement cost is only going to be between $100 and $200 in most cases. The belt itself will cost between $25 and $80 while the labor costs will probably be between $75 and $120.

How far can you drive without a serpentine belt?

Starting out with the engine cold, you can probably drive for between five and ten minutes before the engine starts to get hot. Two miles with the engine cold won't hurt anything unless those two miles were in rush hour traffic and it took more than ten minutes or so to get to the shop.

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