Why Are Belts So Important in Your Car Engine?
For over a century, belts have been major players in automobile engines. The creation of power by the crankshaft leads nowhere if that power is not transferred to individual parts of the engine. Belts serve to transfer that power and to coordinate between parts.
Two major belts serve to coordinate and power parts of your engine. The timing belt moves power from the crankshaft to the camshaft. The camshaft operates the valve system, forcing the valves to open and close inside the combustion chamber. If the valves are open when the piston—which is attached to the crankshaft—passes, the engine will break from the internal forces created. The serpentine belt takes power from the crankshaft to the water pump, the power steering, and to your air-conditioning unit.
At Kiefer Kia in Eugene, OR, we can check your belts to make sure they are in good condition.
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