Drive Belt Service

 

What is a drive belt?

Mazda vehicles have a rubber belt in the engine that drives accessories such as the air-conditioning compressor, power steering pump, and alternator. If the drive belt breaks, the battery won’t get charged, the air conditioner won’t blow cold air and the power steering will go out.

How long do drive belts last?

Although drive belts last for many years, they can become cracked or frayed and the grooves may become worn enough that the belt slips. A slipping drive belt may cause the alternator to work intermittently or at reduced power, and the battery won’t get fully recharged as a result, perhaps triggering a warning light. Another sign of a worn drive belt is a squealing noise under acceleration.

How is this corrected?

The   Mazda  Maintenance  Menu  recommends  having  your  drive belt  inspected  as  part  of  your  regularly  scheduled  maintenance  visits every  48,000  kms  or 24 months.  If  it’s  determined  that  the  drive belt is frayed and worn out, your  Mazda-trained  technician  will  recommend  a  drive belt replacement  at  that  time.

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