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What Is a Serpentine Belt & Tensioner Inspections service?

The Serpentine Belt & Tensioner Inspections service is the inspection of a single long belt in your vehicle that is responsible for providing power to numerous parts of the vehicle’s engine.  We check to see if the serpentine belt is broken, stretched, worn or damaged and we replace it, if we have it in stock.  If we don’t have it in stock, we may refer you to another shop to replace this broken serpentine belt.  Some of the parts that this belt supports include the vehicle’s alternator, power steering pump, water pump, air conditioning compressor, air pump and more.  The belt tensioner is used to maintain tension in the serpentine belt and keep it running smoothly.

What is a Serpentine Belt & Tensioner?

A serpentine belt is a single, continuous drive belt used to drive multiple peripheral devices in an automotive engine.  For example, an alternator, power steering pump, water pump, a/c compressor or air pump.  The belt may also be guided by an idler pulley or a belt tensioner.  The belt tensioner may be spring-loaded, hydraulic, or manual.

To allow the belt to pass over more than three pulleys, idler pulleys are used to help force the belt into a serpentine shape with a large enough wrap angle to avoid slipping.  To accommodate this bidirectional flexing while remaining strong enough to transfer the total force required by multiple loads, a serpentine belt is almost always of multi-groove construction.

Serpentine belts are more efficient than the older multiple belt systems.  And, they consume less space in the engine compartment.  By using a single, wider belt instead of multiple, thinner belts, the belt may be put under increased tension without stretching.  Higher tension reduces slip, which increases belt life and mechanical efficiency.  Reduced slip can allow the use of lower-ratio pulleys.  This means reducing the load on the engine.  It also means increasing the fuel economy and available power.  Another advantage is that the tendency for V belts to flip over in the pulley groove is eliminated.  Plus, the serpentine belt is also much easier to maintain and replace, since there is no need to remove multiple belts in order to replace one of them.

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Why Do I Need a Serpentine Belt & Tensioner Inspections service?

We do these inspections to prevent our customer’s vehicles from losing power, having pump failures or having issues with the radiator.  In extreme cases, the engine in your car, truck or SUV could fail.  The serpentine belt is an important piece of hardware responsible for keeping numerous parts related to your engine operating efficiently.   That’s because your alternator, power steering, air pump and water pump often rely on it.  So does your a/c.  Obviously, the serpentine belt is an important piece of hardware since it’s responsible for keeping so many engine parts operating properly.  So, its fair to conclude that a broken serpentine belt is NOT something you want to encounter.

So, we check this serpentine belt because we need to make sure that it’s functioning properly.  We understand that it costs a little in the short run to change this belt out.  But it saves a lot in the long run.

How Often Do I Need It?

Generally speaking, Serpentine & Tensioner Inspections should be done each time you have service with Lube Stop.  And, of course, we should check it anytime you have observed issues.  Your owner’s manual will also advise you do it at various intervals.  Please check your manual.  Also, lean on us at Lube Stop for advice.  We use a system of processes called Precision Based Recommendations to help investigate a vehicle’s overall condition.  This system of inspection and trouble shooting helps us get a clearer picture of your car, truck or SUV as it stands, today.  That’s because it removes the guess work.  Learn more about this system below.

Can Lube Stop do the Trouble Shooting?

Lube Stop employs the best technicians and mechanics in this service area.  These technicians are more than qualified to help inspect the issues and make recommendations to problem solve.

Which Towns and Cities are in our Fast Lube Service area?

Our lube shop & tire service area includes the following towns and cities listed below.

  • Blackfalds, Alberta
  • Clive, Alberta
  • Bentley, Alberta
  • Red Deer, Alberta
  • Ponoka, Alberta
  • Millet, Alberta
  • Rimbey, Alberta
  • Alix, Alberta
  • Penhold, Alberta
  • Benalto, Alberta
  • Hobbema, Alberta
  • Delburne, AB
  • Bluffton, Alberta
  • Innisfail, Alberta
  • Lousana, Alberta
  • Bashaw, Alberta
  • Leslieville, Alberta
  • Wetaskiwin, Alberta
  • Stettler, Alberta

Context for these Services

Your vehicle uses an internal combustion engine.  This engine uses the combustion of fuel to power almost everything.  This is done when fuel alongside an air oxidizer and spark plugs creates a working fluid flow circuit inside a combustion chamber.

In your internal combustion engine, the expansion of the high-temperature and high-pressure gases produced by combustion applies direct force to some component of the engine.  The force is applied typically to pistons, turbine blades, rotors and nozzles.  This force moves the component over a distance, transforming chemical energy into useful work.

Typically, your combustion engine is fed with fossil fuels like natural gas or petroleum products such as gasoline, diesel fuel or fuel oil.  Your engine is the hub for many things, including those listed below.

  • combustion chamber
  • cylinder head
  • camshaft
  • set of spark plugs
  • valvetrain
  • valves
  • rocker arms
  • pushrods
  • lifters
  • fuel injectors
  • pistons
  • connecting rods
  • engine block
  • crankcase
  • crankshaft
  • timing system
  • timing chain

All these work in unison to power all the other systems within your vehicle.  Without a fully functioning engine, everything else suffers.  So, let us at Lube Stop keep your engine functioning and everything else that relies on it.

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