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.