How To Be a Car Genius: Make The Squealing Stop | FIAT of Minneapolis

What is How To Be A Car Genius?

Many of us can admit that when it comes to automotive jargon, we aren’t exactly fluent. Somewhere between fuel caps and carbonators something gets lost in translation. How To Be a Car Genius is the secret decoder to the automotive language that you have been looking for.

No matter your level of experience, How To Be a Car Genius is for everyone looking to learn a little more about their vehicle. Whether you are shopping for your first car or you can change a tire faster than Mr. Firestone himself this guide is for you.

Sit back and prepare to become an automotive master as we tackle our first How To Be a Car Genius topic, Make The Squealing Stop

You dash to your car, late for work and donning a pair of mismatched socks. You have a case of the Mondays and don’t have time for any of life’s curves. When you start your engine, an eardrum bursting screech rings out from under your hood. You cover your ears, take cover and fear for your life, for you are certain your car is about to explode. Take a deep breath, with a little luck the cause of all the racket is simply a worn out fan belt.

Let’s start with the basics.

What is the fan belt and what purpose does it serve? To begin you need to know that your fan belt actually has two different names, a radiator fan belt and a serpentine belt. In the past, vehicles had a multitude of belts that performed a number of different jobs for the vehicle’s mechanical system. Today, one belt does the work of many and it is known as the fan or serpentine belt.

So what exactly does it do? Your vehicle’s fan belt is looped around a system of pulleys designed to keep the radiator fan turning. By circulating cool air across the engine, the fan belt helps to regulate the engine’s temperature. The fan belt also works to supply power to many other components throughout your vehicle’s engine. If your fan belt gets worn out or stops working properly, your engine can get overheated and your vehicle won’t operate correctly.

How do you know when your vehicle’s fan belt needs replacing? That awful sound you hear when you start your car is the number one indicator your fan belt needs to be replaced. If you start your car’s engine and a terrible squeaking sounds rings out, check to make sure all of your gauges and indicator signs appear normal. If all of those check out, let the engine run for a minute and wait to see if the screeching starts to stabilize. After a minute or two have passed, if the sound has not gone away but has settled a bit, you probably have a loose or damaged fan belt.

Another way to check your vehicle’s fan belt is a visual test. Pop the hood of your car and start looking for your fan belt. It will resemble the image below and looped around several pulleys.


Once you locate the fan belt, look to see if it appears to be loose or damaged in any way. If it appears loose, the tensions level may need to be adjusted with a quick trip to your local service department. If it is damaged, it will need to be replaced.

If you think a fan belt is the source of your problems, bring your vehicle into the Fiat of Minneapolis service center as soon as possible. Click here to schedule an appointment online at your earliest convenience. Our trained technicians will examine your vehicle and get you back on the road in no time.

Remember, this is not a foolproof method to determine if your only problem is a faulty fan belt. It is always best to bring your car into your local service center for a professional second opinion.

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