How can you tell when you need a new belt or belts? You can simply open your hood and visually inspect it or you can do the “scratch test. If you look at your belt and it is cracked, you need to replace it. Or you can take your finger nail and scratch the belt. Belts are rubber and pliable so if you scratch them when they are new, you won't leave a mark. If you scratch your belt and leave a line on it, that means it has become dry and hard; so, it need replaced. It's much better to replace it then, instead of while you are driving to an important business meeting or your daughter's soccer game.
You may wonder, what does a car belt do? It works with several different parts of your vehicle to help bring power for the air conditioning unit, and the alternator. Do you have power steering? The car belt also aids in giving power to that system which can be very important for your car. As you can see, the car belt is vital for your vehicle and can be extremely dangerous if it goes out. If you have any suspicion that yours may be bad, let us take a look.