When Was the Last Time You Checked Your Belts and Hoses?

Your vehicle has a lot of working parts. So when it comes to auto repair in Downey, there are a lot of different possible repairs. All the obvious ones come to mind first, but even the smaller, less obvious parts are important, including your belts and hoses. When was the last time you had them checked?


If you don’t know, then now might be a good time to look. Like every other part, your belts and hoses play a big part in your vehicle’s operation. And most vehicles have numerous belts and hoses? So, what kinds of things should you be paying attention to? Here are a few things to keep your eye on.


Timing Belt – your timing belt is the most important belt for your vehicle’s performance. If it goes bad while you’re driving, it could be very costly. Your timing belt is responsible for turning the crankshaft and camshaft. Without it, your engine won’t run properly. And if does snap while your vehicle is operating, the damage could be severe, especially to your engine. In most cases, you should get your timing belt replaced every 60,000 miles, but it will vary by manufacturer. If your belt shows any signs of rips or tears or it’s loose, then it’s probably time to replace it.


Serpentine Belt – next to the timing belt, the serpentine belt (or drive belt) is probably the next most important. Several other parts rely on the serpentine belt to work properly. The serpentine belt provides power to a number of components, including the power steering pump, the cooling fan, and the AC compressor. So, obviously, you need to make sure it’s in good, working condition because so many other parts rely on it. When you inspect this belt, check to see if it is loose or has slipped, or if it has any rips or uneven wear patterns. Another sign of trouble could be a loud whistling sound. If you’ve ever asked, “Why does my car make that horrible sound?” the answer could be your serpentine belt.


Radiator Hoses – keeping track of all the hoses under the hood is no easy task, but there are some that are more important than others, starting with the radiator or coolant hose. This hose pumps antifreeze/coolant to the engine from the radiator, which prevents overheating. Radiator hoses wear out over time, so this is a common repair. Because they are exposed to hot temperatures and high pressure, they can crack, bulge, or break, which can result in a coolant leak. If you get a leak, your engine could overheat. So, if your radiator hose is looking worn, then get it replaced as soon as you can.


Your Belts and Hoses Are in Good Hands at Glenn’s Auto Service


With so many parts, it can be hard to keep track of all of them. But every part is important, so you need to keep your eyes open for anything, including your belts and hoses. They play a key a role in your vehicle’s proper performance. So, make sure they are always in good, working condition.


If inspecting your belts and hoses sounds too complicated or you just don’t have the time, then please come see us at Glenn’s Auto Service in Downey today. We’ll check them out and see if you have any signs of wear.


Please give us a call at 562-359-4232 and let our ASE certified technicians take care of your vehicle. You can also schedule an appointment with us online by clicking here. We are your trusted Downey, CA auto repair shop for all services and repairs on all makes and models, including:


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