What is a v-belt

5 July 2016



No, it's not a new, trendy accessory you wear around your waist and it's got nothing to do with Valentine's Day. A V-belt is just another name for a fan belt.

Located in front of your car's engine, a V-belt is a crucially important component for the optimal functioning of your car.

It turns the alternator (the part that is used to charge the battery and to power the electrical system when the engine is running), water pump, air-conditioning compressor, power steering pump and various other pulleys – and keeps them running smoothly and effectively.

So, next time your steering wheel becomes difficult to turn or your car won't start, check your V-belt!

Even though you don't necessarily have to replace your v-belt at specific intervals, it is advised that you check it at every service interval – check your owner's manual for your car's manufacturer's schedule for your car.

Fortunately, for those who have a Maintenance Plan in place, you don't have to worry about the costs involved if your V-belt needs to be replaced due to normal wear-and-tear*.

If you have any unanswered servicing or maintenance questions - let us know and we'll answer them for you.

* All warranties (original or extended), service plans and maintenance plans differ in terms of features, benefits and, terms and conditions. This blog is for illustration purposes only. MotorHappy (PTY) LTD is an Authorised Financial Services Provider FSP 46123.


This article is intended to be used and must be used for informational purposes only. We do not make any warranties about the completeness, reliability and accuracy of this information. Any action you take upon the information in this article is strictly at your own risk. We will not be liable for any losses and/or damages in connection with the use of the information contained in this article.

More Articles