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Serpentine Belt in Santa Cruz, CA

The serpentine belt, also known as a the multi-vee, or multi-rib belt, is a single, continuous belt used to drive multiple peripheral devices in an automotive engine, including; The alternator, power steering pump, water pump, air conditioner and others. Without the serpentine belt, there is no way to drive power to any of these devices.

A Serpentine belt should be replaced as soon as it shows signs of fraying, it is badly cracked or is contaminated with oil. Most manufacturers also recommend replacement every four years or 50,000 miles for preventative maintenance. When a serpentine belt breaks, all drive power to whatever it turns is lost. That means the water pump stops circulating coolant through the engine, the alternator quits producing power, the power steering pump ceases to assist steering, and the air conditioner quits cooling.

Continued driving without power to your water pump will result in engine overheating and engine failure requiring costly repairs and even engine replacement. Ignoring serpentine belt replacement has a high safety impact as you will most likely be stranded with no warning when the belt breaks and if your power steering fails you could lose control of your vehicle. There is no environmental impact of ignoring serpentine belt replacement.

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We are still open!!

As COVID-19 is having a dramatic impact on our lives, businesses and on supply chains, I want to share an update on what Specialized Auto is doing to keep our customers safe while continuing to stay open as an essential business. You can still get your car fixed at Specialized Auto while staying safe during the Santa Cruz Stay-In Place order.


Here's how:
- Accepting payments over the phone.
- Call from your car or beep your horn and we will come out keeping our distance.
- After every service we are disinfecting all keys, steering wheels, gear selectors, and exterior and interior door handles.
- All communication over phone &/or email.
- Free pick up and delivery (some scheduling restrictions apply) call for details
- Call, text or email us with any questions or to schedule your appointment. 831-462-3458