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What is a serpentine belt?

Family Car Care knows that nothing can be more embarrassing than driving around the streets of the greater Parkville area with a squeaky fan belt under the hood of a car. Aside from being embarrassing, a squeaky fan belt can be mildly if not terribly bothersome when listening to it squeal for extended periods of time. Sometimes a belt will squeal upon starting a vehicle and will disappear shortly thereafter. Other times though the squealing belt problem will last for the duration of the time the car engine is running. Family Car Care is happy to offer the following free automotive repair advice to our customers in the Parkville area who have a problem with a squeaking fan belt.

Belt dressing is a product available at most auto repair supply stores and can work wonders when the instructions on the package are followed correctly. Belt dressing has the ability to work wonders for stopping a belt from squealing and prevent the squealing from returning for quite some after applied.

If a belt squealing problem happens when it is not possible to purchase belt dressing or it is more desirable to save on expenses there is an “old-fashioned” way to stop a belt from squealing – bar soap! That’s right, ordinary bar soap can usually stop the squealing when rubbed on a fan belt. Just a few rubs on the belt with bar soap can solve the bar squealing problem for quite some time and save money in the process.

Family Car Care always stresses to our customers in the Parkville area with a squealing fan belt that it is always important to be safe when working around an engine and turning off the engine is the best bet when applying either belt dressing or bar soap to a fan belt to solve a squealing belt problem.

How do I stop fan belt squealing?

Family Car Care is happy to share this useful video we located on YouTube about how to clean dirty auto battery terminals. It is our hope that this video will help our customers in the Parkville area who want to learn how to clean dirty car battery terminals properly and safely. If you have any questions or would like a professional auto mechanic from the Family Car Care team to help you please contact us for assistance.

When do I change my belts & hoses?

Family Car Care recommends changing your vehicle’s belts and hoses at 35,000 and 60,000 miles. The best time to replace belts and hoses is prior to the hot Parkville summer months. The cost to change belts and hoses can vary from one engine type to another.