Not only does the engine propel the vehicle down the road but it also provides power to a variety of additional vehicle components. The alternator, water pump, power steering, air conditioning, and some cooling fans all depend on power from the engine to function. Power from the engine's rotation is transferred to these components through drive belts.
The loss of a drive belt can result in the loss of essential vehicle functions. A broken drive belt could result in a non-functioning air conditioner or an overheated engine. Safety is also a concern when it comes to drive belt maintenance. If the power steering belt breaks, the power steering system stops working, which will increase steering effort. Genuine Mitsubishi belts are designed to efficiently transfer power from the crankshaft to your accessory drive components such as A/C, power steering, and the water pump. They provide extremely high load capacity, long life, and quiet operation. Some non-genuine drive belts don't match Mitsubishi's high standards of performance. Further, Mitsubishi belts utilize composites and construction to operate over a very wide range of temperature extremes.
Signs of Wear
There are several signs that the drive belts in your vehicle may need to be inspected or replaced. If you hear noise or squeaks coming from the engine compartment it may indicate slipping or misadjusted belts. If any of the drive belts look worn, cracked or have rubber separating from the cords, they will need to be replaced.
Mitsubishi recommends you periodically bring your car to your dealership to have the drive belts inspected. Drive belts should be inspected at least every 30,000 miles. Inspecting and replacing your vehicle's drive belts as needed will help keep your running well.