October 25, 2016

Reasons to Inspect the Belts and Hoses

  When you inspect your vehicle, it is important to check the belts and hoses as well to make sure they are in good working order. The belts help the engine to run smoothly so the power can be dispersed throughout the vehicle. They also help to have your vehicle operate efficiently and effectively. Sometimes you may be able to see an issue with the belts, but it is always best to bring in your vehicle so we can look at everything. The hoses should also be inspected in your vehicle, as there are several of them. These hoses transport fluid to different areas of your vehicle in order to power it.   A hose that leaks can result in your engine overheating or other issues if you choose to ignore it. Hoses work together with the belts to keep the vehicle running efficiently and maintaining proper operating temperature. Make sure the hoses are securely connected to prevent any leaks or other serious issues. The belts are also important to your vehicle, as the timing belt allows the crankshaft to turn the camshaft. If this belt breaks, the engine will stop working completely. This also can cause major damage to your vehicle’s engine.   If you hear a squealing or other noise coming from under the hood, it may be a loose or damaged belt. If a belt slips or breaks, waiting to have it fixed could possibly cause damage to your vehicle. A damaged belt can cause your power steering to stop working. If the belt comes off at any time, it can cause your engine to lock up, which can be a major issue and expense. While belts break down with heat, mileage, and age, it is a good idea to have regularly scheduled maintenance done to make sure all the belts are in good working order.   Anytime you notice odd noises or your vehicle is handling strange, bring it in immediately so we can inspect it for any issues that might be going on. With age, the hoses can become hard and brittle due to exposure to the heat. Hoses can also split, blister, or crack. If you notice this, the hoses need to be replaced as soon as possible. By bringing in your vehicle, we look and feel for any areas of the hoses that are mushy, swollen, or folded. Proper maintenance of the hoses can protect your vehicle’s reliability and prevent even more costly repairs down the road.
July 12, 2016

When new Belts are Needed

  The belts are important and needed in order to help the engine to run smoothly so the power can be distributed throughout the vehicle. While sometimes you can see if there is an issue with the belts, other times you may not be able to notice anything. It is always best to bring your vehicle in so we can take a look at everything with it, that way we can help to prevent issues that may occur down the road.   The timing belt allows the crankshaft to turn the camshaft. It opens and closes the valves in a synchronized movement with the engine’s pistons. If the timing belt happens to break, the engine will stop working completely. This usually causes major damage to the engine.   Another belt is the serpentine belt. This powers the air conditioning compressor, power steering pump, cooling fan, and several others. When the serpentine belt breaks, all of the parts that the engine power will stop. This is a serious problem as it can cause your engine to overheat and become damaged. By keeping the serpentine belt in great condition, you can reduce the chance of damage to parts under the hood of your vehicle.   If a belt slips or breaks, waiting can possibly cause damage to your vehicle. Your power steering can stop working if a belt slips or breaks. Also, your engine can lock up if the belt comes off at any point in time. If you notice the belt squealing, especially on the fan or air conditioner, you should get your vehicle in as soon as possible so we can check it. Belts can also break down with excessive heat, mileage, or age. Make sure to bring the vehicle in regularly for inspections. If you are not sure how often to bring it in, make sure to contact us and we can advise you on the correct schedule.
April 14, 2016

Inspect the Belts and Hoses on your Vehicle

                  It is always important to bring your vehicle in for an inspection. This way we can inspect the parts and components for your vehicle. We can also check under the hood to ensure the belts and hoses are in proper condition. Without belts and hoses, the vehicle cannot operate.   If you notice any squealing or odd noises from under the hood, it could mean that the belts or hoses have become loose. Belts can become worn out with time and will need to be replaced. The same is true for the hoses, as they may develop a hole and start to leak when the vehicle operates. If a belt slips, it can do a significant amount of damage to the vehicle.   The hoses should also be checked on a regular basis. The hoses can start to wear down with age. There may also be an issue if there is a puncture mark in them. This can cause them to leak. The vehicle will not be able to run at top performance levels or efficiency. If you notice a fluid needs to be replaced more often, make sure to bring it in. Catching an issue at the first sign can help reduce the chance of further damage in the future. By bringing your vehicle in for regular inspections, you can help prevent an unexpected breakdown. If you are not sure how often to bring your vehicle in, we can advise you on a maintenance schedule. This can help you to have a safe and reliable ride.