Maintaining Belts For Uninterrupted Driving
You may not think about the health of your BMW or MINI belts, but they play a very important part in the operation of your BMW.
The older models used V belts, but the modern BMWs and MINIs have the serpentine style belts that basically weave around the components they drive. Your belts have to have the sufficient grip on the mechanical parts such as the water pump, alternator, and AC compressor. If one of your belts should break while you are doing some highway driving, it can cause severe engine damage. That is just another reason why it is so very important to have your BMW or MINI on a regular scheduled inspection and maintenance program.
Your belts will be inspected for age, wear, and cracking. If your belts are due for replacement, you should replace them with the appropriate high quality belts for the best performance of your BMW. In some cases the tensioner pulley that controls that very important grip may need to be replaced, also. Your BMW or MINI specialist will check the tensioners for any binding that may be taking place.
Think about it, your driving is taking your from zero RPM’s to thousands of RPM’s. The belts are just a small part of what is making that happen. But, without them, forgettaboutit!