Keep Moving with New Automotive Belts and Hoses
You may not spend a whole lot of time thinking about your car’s belts and hoses; that is, until one of them breaks or bursts. Then, that’s ALL you will think about, especially if you’re left stranded on the side of the road. That’s why it’s so important to have your belts inspected regularly for nicks, cuts, shredding and other signs of age and wear.
Inspect hoses for bulges, soft spots, and loose clamps. If a belt or hose is too old or damaged, it should be replaced immediately. Other symptoms that a belt or hose may need to be replaced:
- A squealing noise under the hood when you start or drive the car
- The check engine light is on
- The air conditioning is not working
- There is fluid leaking under the vehicle
- Your engine is overheating
A system of belts and pulleys powers several parts in your vehicle. If your accessory drive belt breaks, you’ll lose function of these crucial parts:
- Your alternator, which constantly re-charges your battery while you’re driving.
- The radiator cooling fan.
- The water pump, which helps to cool your engine.
- The air conditioning compressor, which helps to cool you.
- The power steering pump.
For a closer look at a PCV hose and a belt drive, see out interactive diagram below. PVC Hose Belt Drive
Your hoses should be inspected every time you get your oil changed. As they get older, hoses lose flexibility and become more susceptible to failure. If they burst while you’re driving, you’ll soon be on the side of the road. Every time you bring your vehicle into a Levin Tire & Service Center, we’ll check your belts and hoses as part of our customary 32-point inspection.