Serpentine Belt Replacement Service

How the Serpentine Belt Works

Your Volkswagen has plenty of accessories that need to be driven somehow. In the past, vehicles used multiple v-belts linking the engine's crankshaft pulley to various other accessories in need of power. However, it was a complicated arrangement that required careful service and adjustment to successfully work. Today's engines use serpentine belts, which are essentially a single, continuous loop that drives every single engine accessory. These belts are far more reliable while simplifying service.

When to Replaced Your Serpentine Belt

Serpentine belts are designed to last only so many miles before they become vulnerable to sudden failure. These belts experience constant heat and friction, which over time causes cracks and fractures to appear on the belt's surface or on the ribs underneath the belt. Individual rib sections can also break off as the rubber belt turns brittle with age.
The best time for serpentine belt replacement service is before your serpentine belt actually fails. It's best to bring your vehicle to Volkswagen of Olympia whenever it reaches the milestones suggested in your owner's manual. Our technicians will carefully inspect your serpentine belt for any signs of wear and tear and replace the belt as needed. We'll also inspect other areas of your vehicle to ensure that it operates in peak condition.

What happens if you don't replace your serpentine belt?

Sudden serpentine belt failure can be disastrous whether you're commuting to work or traveling across the country. A broken serpentine belt means you'll lose the vast majority of your vehicle's functions, including your air conditioning, charging system, and power steering. Your engine will also lose its ability to drive the water pump, which places your vehicle in danger of overheating.

Volkswagen of Olympia Service

Volkswagen of Olympia Service Center

Finding a dealership that offers top-notch service in the Tumwater, WA, North Olympia, WA, and Lacey, WA area can seem like a frustrating experience at times. At Volkswagen of Olympia, we're here to help by providing a reliable, straightforward service you can appreciate. Our Volkswagen certified technicians will handle your serpentine belt replacement service with ease, using only genuine Volkswagen parts to ensure optimal performance and a long-lasting repair. 

While you wait for your vehicle, hang around in our comfortable waiting area and enjoy all of the amenities we have to offer. Grab a couple of Starbucks coffee or kick back with a snack and watch our HD TV. We also offer Wi-Fi connectivity for your mobile devices.


Volkswagen of Olympia

2107 Cooper Point Road SW
Directions Olympia, WA 98502

  • Sales: 360-350-6262
  • Service: 360-350-6262
  • Parts: 360-350-6262

Service Hours

  • Monday 7:00AM - 6:30PM
  • Tuesday 7:00AM - 6:30PM
  • Wednesday 7:00AM - 6:30PM
  • Thursday 7:00AM - 6:30PM
  • Friday 7:00AM - 6:30PM
  • Saturday 8:00AM - 5:00PM
  • Sunday 8:00AM - 5:00PM