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What Is a V-Belt Inspections service?

Our V-Belt Inspections service is the inspection of a V-shaped belt in your vehicle that is responsible for providing power to numerous parts of the vehicle’s engine.  We check to see if the V-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 your broken V-Belt.  Some of these parts it supports often include the vehicle’s alternator, water pump, radiator cooling fan, crankshaft, power steering pump, and air conditioning pump and compressor.

When is stock, you can count on Lube Stop for long lasting and reliable performance belts.  That’s because our stock belts are designed for wear, corrosion, and heat resistance.  And, they have OEM quality fit and construction.  We strongly recommend you always chose quality over cost when it comes to your belts.

What is a V-Belt?

A V-Belt is a belt seen externally under the bonnet driving the water pump, alternator for battery charging and the cooling fan drive for the radiator.  Another V-Belt is also found to drive the air-con pulley from the same crankshaft pulley.  Worn out belts can be visually inspected by their looks or by slackness beyond tension adjustment.  They also have small v-shaped teeth inside them that make for a good combination of traction, speed of movement, load of bearings, and lifespan.

A V-Belt, in cross-section, is shaped like a triangle with the bottom cut off.  It is intended for use on a V-shaped pulley.  These were frequently used to drive automotive accessories such as power steering, air-conditioning and alternator in the days before the serpentine belt system became in vogue.  They are seldom used in cars, trucks or SUVs built after 1970.

A Worn V-Belt

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.  Your vehicle will not be drive-able.  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 vehicle serviced.  During a V-Belt Inspections service, your technician 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, that will be brought to your attention.

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Why Do I Need a V-Belt Inspections service?

We do these V-Belt Inspections to prevent our customer’s vehicles from losing power, having pump failures or having issues with the alternator, water pump, crankshaft or cooling fan.  In extreme cases, the engine in your car, truck or SUV could completely fail.  Obviously, the V-Belt is an important piece of hardware since it’s responsible for keeping so many engine parts operating properly.  So, it’s fair to conclude that a broken V-Belt is NOT something you want to encounter.

So, we check this V-Belt because we need to make sure that it’s functioning properly.  We understand that it costs a little in the short run to replace a broken V-Belt.  But, it saves a lot in the long run.

How Often Do I Need It?

Generally speaking, V-Belt 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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