The V-belt is usually noticeable when the outside temperatures become somewhat more wintry again. Loud squeaking when starting at traffic lights or whistling noises while driving often indicate a worn drive belt. However, the vehicle manufacturers do not specify an exact replacement interval for the V-belt, as this depends on the condition of the drive belt currently installed.
However, during the regular inspections of the V-belts, it is also checked whether it is still functioning properly. Depending on the condition and wear of the belt, it may be necessary to replace it. Repairing the existing V-belt is hardly worthwhile, as the costs for a new belt are very low compared to the repair effort.
When changing V-belts, you should pay attention to high-quality spare parts, as these have better functionality and fit accuracy. We therefore offer a wide range of original V-belts from vehicle manufacturers. In addition, in the lower section of this page we explain the functionality of the drive belt and show the causes and consequences of a defective V-belt.
When we talk about V-belts, we actually mean the V-ribbed belt. The V-ribbed belt is a further development of the V-belt and has so-called ribs in the longitudinal direction. These ribs enable better guidance on the pulleys, which have corresponding grooves in which the ribs find better hold.
The V-belt serves as a drive belt and is located in the engine compartment. It connects the pulleys with each other. From these, the engine power is transferred to the auxiliary units. Such aggregates are:
The V-belt ensures proper functioning of the engine and contributes to a comfortable ride in the car.
The squeaking of a V-belt is generally caused by the fact that the pulley and the drive belt no longer harmonize properly. Possible causes are:
Cold weather in particular can stiffen a V-belt and cause it to become porous or lead to smaller cracks. Even if used for too long, the edges of the drive belt can tear. In particular, water, grease and oil can impair the adhesion of the drive belt and cause it to slip out of the guide quickly.
If the belt breaks before it is replaced, this can result in the steering suddenly becoming difficult to move. The alternator may also fail, because it can no longer generate electricity. In the worst case, a defective V-belt can cause engine damage, which again leads to high consequential costs.
Irrespective of whether your car is an Audi, BMW, Ford, Merce-des, Opel, VW or another make, have the drive belt of your vehicle checked regularly. This is the only way to avoid "nasty surprises" while driving. It is also worthwhile to rely on the original quality of the manufacturer in order to enjoy a long service life of the V-belt as well as your vehicle. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact our service team.