If you haven't had your automotive belts replaced in a while, it might be time to head to the repair shop. If you're new to automotive maintenance, you might not realize that the belts need to get replaced. Unfortunately, without replacement, automotive belts can break. When they do, they cause serious problems for your car, and for you. If you're having problems with your car, read the list provided here. If you're dealing with any of these situations, it's time to take your car to a repair shop. You may need to replace your car's serpentine belt. 

You've Lost Power Steering 

If the power steering on your car no longer works, you should first check the fluid levels. If there's not enough power steering fluid, you'll notice it in the steering wheel. If the power steering level is good, have the serpentine belt inspected. A worn-out serpentine belt can stop the power steering system from working in your car. When that happens, you'll struggle to turn the steering wheel. Replacing the serpentine belt will restore your power steering. 

Your AC Won't Cool the Car

If the AC in your car left you in the heat this past summer, there's a good chance that your car needs a new serpentine belt. This is especially true if you've recently had the AC system serviced in your car. If the serpentine belt isn't tight enough, it can't keep the AC system running. When that happens, you'll notice warm air coming from the vents. Or, you'll feel nothing at all. The best thing to do is have your car inspected by a mechanic. If the serpentine belt looks damaged, have it replaced right away. 

Your Car Has a New Squeal

If your car has developed a squeal, you need to pay attention. This is especially important if the squeal comes from the front end. Those high-pitched squeals could be a sign that the serpentine belt is about to break. If it breaks while you're driving, you'll need to call an emergency tow service. Prevent an emergency breakdown. Have the serpentine belt replaced as soon as the squeals start. 

Your Engine is Running Hot

If the engine in your car has started running hot, you might think it's a problem with the cooling system. But, that might not be the case. A damaged serpentine belt can also cause your car to run hot. Check the serpentine belt. If it's cracked, brittle, or loose, replace it as soon as possible.

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