The serpentine belt plays an important role in your Mazda’s engine. It powers many different engine accessories. As a Mazda owner, you can easily replace your serpentine belt without needing to bring your car to a shop.
If you’re not sure where to start, we got you covered. This buyer’s guide has all the information you need about serpentine belts.
What Is A Serpentine Belt?
A serpentine belt is durable rubber strip. It’s a simple and straightforward part, but it serves an important purpose. The serpentine belt is the only link between many different engine components:
- Power steering pump
- Cooling system water pump
- Air conditioning system
The serpentine belt is powered by the engine, and runs around several different pulleys. When the belt moves, the pulleys spin. This powers all the parts to which the pulleys are attached.
For more information on serpentine belts and how they work, this post is just what you need.
How To Diagnose A Failing Serpentine Belt
Got a sneaking suspicion that your serpentine belt isn’t in good shape? Just pop the hood and inspect it. It’s something you can do at home in less than 10 minutes. All you need to do is to:
- Visually inspect the serpentine belt for cracks or fraying
- Check the serpentine belt’s tension
- Inspect related components
This diagnostic guide will help you inspect your serpentine belt and related components.
OEM Vs. Aftermarket Serpentine Belts: What’s The Difference?
Wondering if you should save a few bucks on an aftermarket serpentine belt instead of an OEM one? It’s actually quite a bad idea. There are many differences between OEM and aftermarket serpentine belts. This post covers the biggest differences between both types of belts. You’ll find that an OEM serpentine belt is the much safer investment because:
- Aftermarket manufacturers rarely design their serpentine belts to OE specs
- Mazda offers a 12-month, 12K mile warranty on all its OEM serpentine belts
- Aftermarket manufacturers rarely warranty their parts
- OEM serpentine belts are made with quality materials that can withstand high temperatures and heavy use
- Aftermarket serpentine belts usually are made from cheap materials that can break or fray over time
How To Replace A Serpentine Belt On Your Mazda
Some people may find replacing a serpentine belt pretty intimidating. You would have to reach into your engine and “snake” the belt through the right way. It’s actually something most people can do with basic tools and a good guide, like this one.
The process involves:
- Loosening the serpentine belt with the tensioner
- Snaking the new belt around all the pulleys
If you have any questions about serpentine belts, we’ll be happy to answer them if you contact us.