What Is A Serpentine Belt?
Benchmark Transmission & Auto Care is sometimes asked by our customers in the Newark ~ Middletown ~ New Castle area "what is a serpentine belt"? When asked, one of the skilled auto mechanics on the Benchmark Transmission & Auto Care team will tell our customers that were they to take a look at the underside of their vehicle they would either notice a single belt woven through several pulleys or a system of belts connected to pulleys in front of the vehicle's engine. When only one belt is present, that belt would a serpentine belt. The serpentine belt is distinguished from other belts in that it is one continuous belt that connects itself to multiple devices. On older model vehicles, multiple belts were employed to drive the various engine compartment devices. But after the serpentine belt was developed in 1979, the majority of, if not all, vehicle manufacturers began using serpentine belts due to their ease of use and overall efficiency. One of the primary benefits of using a serpentine belt is that in older model vehicles, components such the alternator, air and power steering pumps were all connected to belt systems and if one belt broke a vehicle's owner might not be aware of losing operation of one component. Alternatively with a serpentine belt all the pulleys of the various components are connected meaning a driver will know quickly if the serpentine belt breaks because ALL the components, to include power steering, will suffer immediately or completely shut down. If you live in the greater Newark ~ Middletown ~ New Castle area and are having a problem with your serpentine belt and want the advice of a qualified and skilled auto repair specialist please contact Benchmark Transmission & Auto Care!
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As a mechanic I am confident coming to your business.
Stan Kaminski of Newark Delaware
"I just wanted to say thanks for fixing all my transmission problems over the many years I have used your shop. Whether its was front wheel drive in my wife's 1999 Buick or my rear wheel drive 1968 Pontiac Le Mans, you always came through. You guys are always thorough and the work was done right. Tell your crew I appreciate their good work. As a mechanic I am confident coming to your business. I recommend it to my friends should their vehicles need servicing. Keep up the good work."
I will be sure to make reference Benchmark transmission to my friends and family.
Russ Meredith of Newark Delaware
"I wanted to thank you for your excellent service regarding the transmission problem with my 1991 Dodge Caravan. I'm not an automotive expert, and it was refreshing to find an automotive shop with up front problem diagnosis and easy to understand terminology when discussing the problem with the customer. I really appreciated the patience of yourself and the mechanics at Benchmark Transmission when I returned the vehicle assuming that the transmission still had problems; and I respected your offer to refer the vehicle and your honesty in identifying the further problem of a clogged fuel filter. The van has run very well since its most recent repair. I will be sure to make reference Benchmark transmission to my friends and family. "
I took my vehicle here and I have received nothing but complete professionalism, promptness and they were so helpful. Made me understand what was going with my vehicle in layman's terms so that I could understand the process!
Kathy Mays of Seaford Delaware
"I took my vehicle here and I have received nothing but complete professionalism, promptness and they were so helpful. Made me understand what was going with my vehicle in layman's terms so that I could understand the process! Dontae has kept me informed every step of the way. The honesty of this place was unbelievable. At this point they don't think it is my transmission and possibly a reprogamming of a module and he even helped get my car to the dealer at no cost to them. If in the future I need transmission repair work, it will be here. This is an honest place to take your vehicle. I will refer them to anyone!! Thank you Benchmark Transmission of Newark, you guys rock! "
Benchmark Transmission gives me the confidence that as long as I want to keep my vehicles, they will keep them running good condition.
Rod Pelkey of Newark Delaware
"I am the owner of 3 late model Ford Explorers (92, 93, 95) and a 99 Subaru Legacy. I have been dealing with Benchmark, Dante (Owner) for over 8 years. I have not alway taken the best care of my vehicles in terms of preventive maintenance, and checking into the little noises that give you that feeling that something is wrong, therefore I've experienced more problems than necessary. Despite my neglect, whenever I've taken my cars to Benchmark, I have always been treated to the best of service. Benchmark has both replaced and repaired transmissions in my vehicles, and has done wonderful work, and at a reasonable cost. I have never been dissatisfied, Dante is always willing to work with me. I have nearly 300,000 miles on one explorer, 200,000 on anther, and over 150,000 on the Legacy. Benchmark Transmission gives me the confidence that as long as I want to keep my vehicles, they will keep them running good condition. Thanks Benchmark!"
I can recommend Benchmark Transmission without reservation. It's a pleasure dealing with you guys.
Robert Wickes of Landenberg Pennsylvania
"I am writing to offer my comments on the transmission service I have received from Benchmark Transmission. Benchmark has consistently stood behind their lifetime warranty which I purchased for my rebuilt transmission! When the small stainless steel bearing in the transmission failed at 270,000 miles, you diagnosed the problem and fixed it, all under the Benchmark warranty. You and the crew at Benchmark Transmission also correctly diagnosed the failure in the drivetrain center carrier bearing, which was causing annoying noise and vibration. Replacing the driveshaft assembly corrected the problem. Throughout my relationship with Benchmark Transmission I have been struck by your commitment to customer satisfaction, to staying with the problem and "getting it right" . To those of us who are committed to keeping a car running beyond 100,000 miles, I can recommend Benchmark Transmission without reservation. It's a pleasure dealing with you guys."
You have earned our trust not only in your integrity but in your knowledge of transmissions
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Laurie Hall of Jersey City New Jersey
"In the 3 years since we bought our son's '99 Mustang it has had repeated transmission and clutch problems. The car is now in DE with our son who is a student there. When the Mustang recently began showing signs of yet more problems with the transmission/clutch we weren't sure where to turn. Should we have the car towed home to our mechanic in NJ or trust a total stranger in DE to diagnose and fix the problem? If we did the latter, would we get fleeced? Looking for advice we called AAA. They recommended Benchmark Transmission. My son immediately drove his car over to Benchmark. Dante and Rich checked the car over, spoke multiple times with me on the phone about their findings, and ultimately suggested that they try some simple and inexpensive adjustments to see if those might solve the problem. They did. My son picked the car up 24 hours after dropping it off and says it shifts perfectly now. Because the labor involved was not extensive Dante even refused to accept payment for his work/time. Thank you, Dante and Rich, for your honesty, for not suggesting that the only course of action was to pull the transmission and search for the root of the recurrent problem. You have earned our trust not only in your integrity but in your knowledge of transmissions as well. Rest assured that if we should need transmission work in the future, we will trust you to do it. "
We are very grateful for all the extra time and effort your company put into the job.
Joanni Carter of Aston Pennsylvania
"Just wanted to thank you and your employees at Benchmark Transmission for a your hard work and patience that it took to fix the transmission in our Volkswagen Eurovan. We know that transmission repairs are what you do, but Benchmark Transmission were the only company that we could find that was willing to take on the job! We are very grateful for all the extra time and effort your company put into the job."
I decided to get it checked out by an expert at Benchmark Transmission before I did any damage
Wilbur Rivera of Newark Delaware
"Mr. Dante Principe Jr.,Two weeks ago, I took my 98 VW Golf to the Smith VW dealer for a non-transmission related problem. Upon completion of that work, the dealer told me that my 2nd gear on my Automatic Transmission was sticking and that I needed a new transmission. I told them I did not want them to do that type of work on my car. I decided to get it checked out by an expert at Benchmark Transmission before I did any damage.I looked in the Yellow Pages and decided to call your office and get an estimate. You told me that I should bring the car in and allow you check it out at "no charge". You mentioned it could be something simple which would greatly reduce the repair cost. Last week I Brought my car in to your shop in Newark Delaware. You checked the car and found out the programming on the throttle body and the transmission where not responding. I think you relearned these components and you fixed my car. When you called me, you told me that there was no charge for the work you did to my car. As I drove my car home and felt how smoothly the transmission shifted from gear to gear: I immediately started to "thank god" for taking my car to your shop and dealing with you. As I write this note to you, I realized how rare it is to find people like you that are willing to help people in trouble without taking advantage of them and/or expecting anything in return.Sincerely yoursWilber Rivera"
Our gas mileage improved, shifting was much better, and we couldn't be happier.
Charles Baynard of Henderson Maryland
"To the Principe boys: We brought our 33' RV to Newcastle for transmission repair and an engine tune-up in June. We then drove it to Maine, about 600 miles or so, from Maryland and back. We never had one problem!! Our gas mileage improved, shifting was much better, and we couldn't be happier. You guys are the greatest. We will recommend you to our friends and, if we need any work done, we'll be back!! Thanks so much for your friendly and professional service. Helen and Charles B."
Mitch and his team are excellent. He always goes above and beyond to make sure our car is taken care of.
kim maloney of Middletown Delaware
"Mitch and his team are excellent. He always goes above and beyond to make sure our car is taken care of. I can't recommend their customer service enough "
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