Have You Checked Your Belts and Hoses Lately?

It's easy to recognize the big problems with your vehicle. Issues with tires and brakes are obvious. Trouble with the engine or the transmission is noticeable as well. Each part plays an important role in its function. A malfunctioning or broken belt or hose can cause a series of devastating problems to your vehicle. Your power steering, electrical charging system, and engine cooling systems are just some of the aspects of your vehicle that can be damaged by faulty belts and hoses. An overheated engine can cause serious and expensive damage to your vehicle. Consider regularly checking these belts and hoses to ensure your vehicle is in its best shape.

Timing Belt

The timing belt is made of rigid rubber and is essential for the operation of your engine's camshaft and crankshaft. Your engine will not work without it. If it were to break while driving, it could cause serious damage to your engine. When checking the timing belt, be sure to look for tears, parts that have faded away, or sections that are sitting loose or slipping off of the mechanism.

Serpentine Belt

Also known as the drive belt, this is another important belt in the operation of your vehicle. Providing power to essential systems like power steering, the cooling fan, and the air conditioner, it is essential that this part is in working order. With this belt, you should also look for tears, signs of wear, or the belt being loose or not sitting right. The serpentine belt also makes an incredibly distinct sound when it comes to the end of its life, once you hear it, you will not recognize it!

Radiator Hoses

It's easy to get confused by all of the hoses in your engine. Remember that the radiator/coolant is probably the most important. It delivers antifreeze & coolant from the radiator to the engine to prevent overheating. The high temperatures, chemical flow, and constant vibration make it susceptible to bulging, cracking, or breaking.

If you think you are in need of belt or hose repair, we invite you to bring your vehicle to our auto repair shop today!

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