Belts & Hoses Repair and Replacement
A vehicle’s belts and hoses are used in a number of processes in your vehicle's cooling system, charging system, air conditioning system, and the engine. There are functional operations inside your vehicle that these belts and hoses play a central role in. The radiator hose and heater hose transfer coolant throughout the engine, heater core and the radiator. The purpose of the timing belt is to maintain the precision of the engine by synchronizing the rotation of the camshaft and crankshaft that moves the engine's pistons and valves.
Not all vehicles use timing belts, In some vehicles, timing chains are used in place of a timing belt. The serpentine belt is located on the outside of the engine and is used to transmit power from the engine to other systems in the vehicle, like the charging system and the air conditioning system. Mileage, vehicle age, hose clamp failure, belt tension, oil contamination, and electrochemical degradation are some factors that can contribute to wear and tear on your belts and hoses. To prevent costly repairs and potential breakdowns, routine maintenance on your vehicle as well as replacement of belts and hoses are necessary.
MAINTENANCE OF BELTS & HOSES
belts and hoses have the shortest life spans compared to other components in your car. These belts and hoses are continually exposed to heat from the engine, corrosive chemicals, and vehicle vibrations. The combination of these things with the elements will cause leaks and cracks over time. When belts and hoses are near failure there are some symptoms you can look out for, these include: screeching, squeaking, and grinding noises. You might notice these during normal vehicle operation or when starting the engine. In most cases grinding sounds near the belts are typically caused by a bad pulley bearing, and not the actual belt itself.
If this is not addressed, the pulley bearing can freeze up and eventually lead to needing a belt replacement. Air conditioning failure, leaking of coolant and other fluids, steam coming from the engine, dashboard lights illuminated, and loss of power can be symptoms of bad belts and hoses. Routine maintenance of your belts and hoses is very important, however during the summer when temperatures are much higher you should be much more vigilant about checking under the hood. Deterioration of rubber components is accelerated when temperatures are increased.In some situations a visual inspection of your belts and hoses can reveal the problem right away, however sometimes these tears and cracks might be hidden from view. If you are experiencing any of the previously mentioned symptoms you should schedule an appointment to bring in your vehicle for a thorough inspection of all elements related to your belts and hoses.
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