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Serpentine belt versus timing belt

Serpentine belt versus timing belt — what’s the difference? What does a timing belt do? People often confuse serpentine and timing belts. They both drive rotating components, but that’s where the similarities end. A timing belt has cogs that fit into corresponding depressions on the driven components. The cogs prevent the belt from slipping out of time with the driven components and keep the camshafts synchronized with the crankshaft. What does a serpentine belt do? A serpentine belt drives accessory components that do not have to be in time with … Read More

Serpentine belt versus timing belt

Serpentine belt versus timing belt — What’s the difference? Serpentine belt versus timing belt — what they do A serpentine belt drives accessory components like the alternator, water pump, power steering pump, smog pump, AC compressor. A serpentine belt is driven by the harmonic balancer located on the front of the engine. It is tensioned by an automatic tensioner. A timing belt is mounted at the front of the engine and covered by a timing belt cover. It is used to rotate the camshafts in time with the crankshaft. In … Read More


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