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When a major hardware component goes it can often fail in catastrophic and spectacular ways. If your serpentine belt in your engine breaks not only does it mean your crankshaft stops but then by extension your alternator will stop charging your batteries which could result in power loss pretty quickly. Then your water pump would stop and your engine would start overheating while  simultaneously your power steering pump would quit meaning you’d feel like you went from driving a modern car to some sort of fifty year old tractor. Serpentine belts are treaded on the inside for this reason. Wear can be measured much like on your tires where the depth of the tread tells you how long you have left to go on it and you can also visually inspect for cracks. But in more complicated assemblies, a single point of failure isn’t always as obvious. The result can be catastrophic system…

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