How to Look for Wear or Cracks on Belts in a Toyota Corolla
The Toyota Corolla premiered in the U.S in 1968 and the brand is still selling today. Many owners prefer to take care of routine maintenance themselves and inspecting the accessory drive belts is an important item on their maintenance lists. To keep your Toyota Corolla in good shape, you should inspect the belts periodically, starting at 60,000 miles, and then at 7,500 mile intervals.
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Cool the engine for at least 30 minutes if you recently drove your car. Heated components can burn you.
Pull the lever inside your Toyota Corolla to pop the hood. Walk around to the front of the car and open the hood, making sure to prop it up.
Look around the alternator for a belt that runs around several different engine components. Older Corollas have multiple belts running the air conditioner compressor, air pump and power steering pump as well as one for the alternator. Newer models may have only a single belt.
Inspect the drive belts for cracks and fraying. These are signs that a belt needs replacing. If your car has one of the newer V-belts, check the sides for cracks as well; cracks often start at the inside and work their way out.
Feel along the length of the belts in your Toyota Corolla. If any of the belts feels glossy or smooth, this is a sign the belt is worn. A traditional belt in good condition will have a slight texture to it, like fabric. The newer V-belts are ribbed and rubber-like, so if you notice the ribs are worn down, go ahead and replace the belt.
Look for oil on the belts; if you find any, this could be a sign of a major problem, like a leaking head gasket. Replace the belts and find the source of the leak as soon as possible.
Close the hood of your Toyota Corolla. If you found any fraying, cracks or glossy spots on any of the drive belts, you should replace them.