Your vehicle's belts and hoses are essential to the cooling, air conditioning and charging systems, and the engine. Don’t take these routine replacement intervals for granted because they can break down and leave you stranded.
What is the purpose and importance of your belts and hoses? The timing belt keeps the crankshaft and camshaft mechanically synchronized to maintain engine timing. Whether serpentine, V-belt, or fan belt (the belts on the outside of the engine), they all transmit power from the front of the engine to accessories that need to be driven, such as the air conditioning, the charging system, and fans. Radiator and heater hoses carry coolant to and from the engine, radiator, and heater core.
Typical Wear and Tear - Key items that affect the replacement interval for belts and hoses in your vehicle include the following: vehicle age, electrolytic corrosion, mileage, oil contamination, belt tension, and failed hose clamps.
There are a variety of symptoms that make you aware of a problem with your vehicle's belts or hoses. Squeaking noise from under the hood during start-up or operation may need that you should get your belts checked. If you're experiencing coolant leaks a dashboard light will illuminate and your A/C System may fail, this will need to be looked at sooner rather than later. Engine overheating or the smell of burnt rubber may mean some hose issues that you should have looked into.
If you have any issues or concerns with the maintenance of your automotive or truck belts or hoses at any time, talk to our team here at Autoworks of automotive repair experts for an accurate and detailed account of what your vehicle needs. It's our job to keep you safely on the road.
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