How to Deal With Accessory Drive Belt Failure in Land RoverPosted on: November 28, 2018
All vehicles are created with a unique purpose in mind, whether it be for luxury drives down the coast or off-roading through rough terrain; and, there are some vehicles that are versatile, such as the Land Rover, which is appropriate for both of those conditions. Since Land Rovers are such unique vehicles, they require specialized care and attention – especially for anticipating their equally unique challenges and prominent issues. One problem that Land Rovers are known for is premature accessory drive belt failure.
Accessory drive belt failure is a serious issue that requires immediate attention. The most important thing is to bring your Land Rover to a qualified specialist for routine evaluation and treatment. In this article, we’ll talk more about why the accessory drive belt is so important for your Land Rover’s functioning, what you can do to prevent failure from occurring, and how to deal with drive belt failure should it occur.
Why is your Land Rover’s accessory drive belt important?
Without a working accessory drive belt, your Land Rover won’t travel very far at all – not unless someone is behind it pushing it! The accessory drive belt is essentially responsible for helping the engine generate and delineate power to the various moving parts. The drive belt rotates quickly, and if it snaps then you could be in a world of trouble; a failed accessory drive belt can lead to catastrophic engine damage or even failure – two issues you do not want to encounter under any circumstances. Therefore, it is critical to make sure to perform ongoing inspections and servicing to maintain your accessory drive belt’s quality and function.
Potential causes of failure
Since there are various core problems that can lead to accessory drive belt failure, there are a few key points to keep in mind as you continue to drive and service your Land Rover. Here are a few of the most common causes of premature accessory drive belt failure:
- Design deficits
- Engineering issues
- Poor replacement part quality
- Exposure to excessive engine temperatures
- Exposure to extreme external temperatures
- Driving habits
- Driving conditions
- Consistency of general automotive care
Symptoms of accessory drive belt failure you should be aware of
As with any automotive issue, it is essential to keep an eye out for any noticeable change or differences in how your Land Rover performs. If your accessory drive belt is beginning to wear prematurely or fail, there are certainly signs your vehicle will exhibit that will alert you to the problem. It is most important that you take these warning signs seriously and bring your Land Rover to a specialist to perform a differential diagnosis right away. Here are some of the most common symptoms of accessory drive belt failure that you should know about and remain aware of:
- Odd or unexpected noises coming from the engine area
- Trouble stabilizing or steering your vehicle effectively
- Frequent engine overheating
- Visible wear of the drive belt
- Difficulty maintaining power upon acceleration
Using your senses to detect an issue with your drive belt is key. For instance, if your drive belt is failing, you might hear odd noises coming from the engine area. This may be indicative of an accessory drive belt that is misaligned or off-kilter. Not only can this lead to premature wear, but it can significantly affect whether the belt may snap or not, potentially causing serious engine damages.
Additionally, it’s important to pay attention to the ways in which your car tries to warn you of an issue. For instance, if the drive belt fails, then your Land Rover may enter what is called limp mode – a way of disabling the power steering in your vehicle so that you are forced to stop driving, potentially causing more damage.
How we can help you
At European Auto Service Center Inc., Land Rover clients who have encountered accessory drive belt failure have entrusted us to handle the repair; however, as Land Rover specialists, we take a preventive approach in all our maintenance and repair tasks to ensure that our clients don’t have to encounter such issues to begin with. With three locations (Aventura/Miami, and Boca Raton East and West), we are easy to find and make our services as convenient and attainable as possible. To learn more about our services, expertise, or qualifications, please contact one of our helpful team experts today.
* Land Rover Discovery image credit goes to: typhoonski.