Replacing a transmission belt is usually a fairly simple task, but one that is crucial to maintaining the optimal performance of the application. Allowing a transmission belt to continue operating while damaged or worn can cause major damage to other parts of the application. This is true for any kind of drive belt, be it for a vehicle or industrial machine.
Such repair costs are expensive in of themselves, plus you also have to factor in the additional losses caused by the machine’s downtime during the repair period. It is much better to have a transmission belts supplier ready to ship out the replacement parts you need as and when you need them.
To make sure you understand the warning signs that your transmission belt needs replacing before it causes further damage, here we will describe the common signs of a drive belt in need of replacement.
Transmission Belt Making Strange Noises
One of the most obvious signs of a worn out transmission belt is that it starts making strange noises. If you start hearing any screeching or squealing noises, then you need to undertake an inspection immediately.
While such noises are often an indicator that the belt is worn and needs replacing, it might also be that the noises are being caused by something else such as water on the belt or an oil leak. The belt might still be good at that moment, but the water and the oil can cause damage as well, so find the problem and implement the solution as quickly as possible.
Visual Signs of Wear and Tear
If you can easily visually inspect your transmission belt then regularly check for any visual signs of wear and tear. This will probably be in the form of chunks or pieces of the belt breaking off, or cracks in the fabric of the belt.
In such condition, drive belts can usually keep operating but it is only a matter of time before they fail completely and it is better to contact a transmission belts supplier in Yorkshire like YB Components who can ship out replacement parts fast and free all over the UK.
OEM Predicted Lifespan
You should keep a record of the predicted lifespan of a drive belt according to the OEM. This can give you insight into when to inspect the belt even if it is still operating at an optimal level.
Also, if the belt wears out significantly faster than it is supposed to, then there could be an application problem. Check to ensure the drive belt has been installed correctly and that there is no water or oil reducing its natural life cycle.
If you require a replacement transmission belts supplier in Yorkshire or anywhere around the UK and the rest of the world, then contact YB Components who are the UK’s leading transmission belts suppliers.