cracked belt on car

accidently i opened the hood today and i saw that there is a small crack on the belt.. i called the mechanic and he said he can give an appointment next wednesday.. and he said the belt will be ok till then.

would you say that a cracked belt can be driven without consequence for 6 days?
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nickg5Connect With a Mentor Commented:
I know a mechanic who works for Honda. I talked to him about a serpentine belt.

They suggest you considering replacing it around the 4th or 5th year of car ownership.  Belt failure, often due to wear and tear increases greatly around that time in a car's life.
Ignoring the belt system could cause you trouble and result in breakdowns if it breaks.
You can have your belt inspected on a regular basis once your car is around age 4-5.
A bad or deteriorating belt can cause a squealing noise when you start the engine.
The belt can vibrate too.

 Other symptoms that might say your belt may need to be replaced includes a draining battery, a cracked V-belt on the underside, or a noisy alternator.
michaelgoldsmithConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Depends on what your definition of a "crack" is. Hairline crack you will be fine. If you can see through the "crack" then no.
anotherjallenConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I agree, however if the belt snaps you could be facing even more repair work than just replacing the belt.  Is there another mechanic that can get you in sooner?
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Paul SauvéConnect With a Mentor RetiredCommented:
Here's an old trick. Always keep a old pair of pantyhose in your car. If your belt breaks, you can use this as a replacement until you get to the garage. It WORKS!

In any case, if the belt is not slipping (i.e. you can't hear any screeching noise) you're goof to go for some time still.
nickg5Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Which belt is it?

If it is the belt that is related to the water pump, then if the belt breaks your car could overheat. If it is the belt for the alternator and it breaks, then your alternator won't charge the battery, your lights could go dim and your radio sound will be distorted. I've had an alternator belt break before. If yours breaks, you'll be able to drive a few miles to get to your mechanic before your battery might go dead.

Any photo of under the hood to see which belt?
FeMasterConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Odds are you will be fine.  I've attached an image to give you a better idea. Most likely you have what is known as a serpentine belt.  These are common is nearly every automobile since the mid '80s.

If it's not like any of the images, let us know what it looks like, where, or better yet, attach a photo if you can.  If you can't, search Google images for "cracks in belts" and choose an image that looks closest to the problem you have.

Image of Belt Cracks
Michael-BestConnect With a Mentor Commented:
"would you say that a cracked belt can be driven without consequence for 6 days? "

Yes it should be good for weeks (or months) if its just a "crack" and not a "split"

Some cracks if on the inner side of the belt are normal wear and tear which do not need immediate service / replacement, see:

The key infomation (" i saw that there is a small crack on the belt") that you have provided in your question eliminates any need to doubt your mechanics advice.

If you are still concerned then inspect the crack each day for a possible increased crack size.
I doubt it will worsen in such a short period of only 6 days.
25112Author Commented:
thanks- all these are helpful to know...

serpentine belt, is it.
nickg5Connect With a Mentor Commented:
The serpentine belt is a single belt used to drive multiple devices such as an alternator, power steering pump, water pump, a/c compressor, etc.

It's not a belt to fool around with if, it needs to be replaced.
compfixer101Connect With a Mentor Commented:
I had a serpentine belt that was cracked all over the belt last a few years before wearing out and finally it lost a rib causing replacement, i wouldn't be over worried about it, unless it goes down the belt and not across it.
25112Author Commented:
thanks- getting the second opinion from you helped and good to know
nice comment " I know a mechanic..."
Gets the reply  "thanks- getting the second opinion from you helped and good to know"
Should I have mentioned in my comment : ( by: Michael-BestPosted on 2013-01-24 at 21:05:31ID: 38813890 ) that I not only know a mechanical maintainence engineer, but that I am a mechanical maintainence engineer?

Well anyway, my third opinion still all of us were recognised as giving valuable infomation to the question asker.
I can give the name and phone number of the mechanic, to the asker and the guy will be glad to accept the phone call.
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