• Automotive Tips from Lighthouse Automotive: Serpentine Belt Overview

    Sunday 14 October 2018

    The technicians at Lighthouse Automotive know your serpentine belt drives important engine accessories like your alternator, air conditioning compressor, and power steering. In some cars it may also power the power brakes or water pump. The serpentine belt is powered by the engine and winds around pulleys and the accessories. Some cars in Colorado Springs have two serpentine belts. The serpentine belt, the belt tensioner (which maintains the appropriate tension on the belt) and the idl... read more

  • Automotive Tips from Lighthouse Automotive: Serpentine Belt System Wear

    Tuesday 20 February 2018

    The primary job of the serpentine belt for Colorado Springs drivers is to provide important traction to spin the accessories. As the belt wears it loses some of its grip and the accessories may not spin at optimal speeds. For example, if your alternator doesn’t spin fast enough, the battery will not completely recharge while you’re driving and you could end up stranded around Colorado Springs with a dead battery. In short, a worn serpentine belt will stress all of the acces... read more

  • Automotive Tips from Lighthouse Automotive: Serpentine Belt Tensioner

    Thursday 12 November 2015

    The serpentine belt tensioner applies pressure to the serpentine belt, maintaining optimal tension to drive the accessories like the alternator and A/C compressor. At Lighthouse Automotive we know that the service life of the belt tensioner is the same as the belt itself, so they should always be replaced together. A worn tensioner prevents the accessories from spinning properly, leading to premature wear and noise for Colorado Springs drivers.Your vehicle manufacturer has a recommended mil... read more

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