Belts & Hoses

October 24, 2016

Checking the Hoses for the Vehicle

  Owning a vehicle is a big investment. It then makes sense that you will want to keep the vehicle in the best condition possible so it lasts longer. Your vehicle requires multiple fluids to run efficiently. There are also several hoses in your vehicle, all of which transport fluid to a different area of your vehicle. Always make sure to inspect the hoses themselves, as well as the connecting ends of the hoses for any leaks. If you notice a leak or a crack, make sure to schedule an appointment to bring the vehicle in.   The hoses in your vehicle serve a very important function when it operates. Having good hoses will help keep your vehicle running well. A leaking hose can result in an overheated engine or other issues if it is ignored. The hoses work together with the belts to keep your vehicle running efficiently and also maintaining the proper operating temperature. If your engine overheats it can cause serious damage, as well as damage to other components under the hood. By keeping the hoses maintained and making sure they are connected securely, you can help prevent engine issues and other problems down the road.   Your vehicle’s hoses are important to keep it running correctly and efficiently. By having your vehicle in regularly for maintenance, the hoses can be inspected to make sure they do not need replacing. With age, rubber hoses can become hard and brittle. This happens with exposure to heat and can cause the hoses to split, blister, or leak. If this occurs, you will need to have them replaced as soon as possible. To keep your engine in the best operating condition, you should always make sure your hoses have been inspected and are in good condition as well.   We suggest the hoses should be checked at each oil change. Check for any hardening or softening of the hose, which can be done by pinching the hose. If a hose feels rock hard or extremely soft, it should be replaced as soon as possible. Other signs to look for are visible cracks, leaking, blistering, or other damage on the outside of the hose. Also look and feel for any areas of the hoses that are swollen or folded.   If you notice that your hoses are leaking, we suggest that you should replace them immediately before further damage can occur to other parts of your vehicle. Proper maintenance of the hoses can protect your vehicle’s reliability and prevent even more costly repairs down the line. Hoses are an inexpensive part to maintain and to replace, but ignoring these important parts can cause serious issues. It may also add up to a major repair expense in the future.
August 19, 2016

Bring the Vehicle in because the Summer Heat can do Damage

  One of the biggest benefits for having regular maintenance done is that it can help improve the efficiency of your vehicle. By following the schedule to change the oil, the engine can run as it is designed to do. Parts of the engine can become lubricated which can also help it to run smoothly. Having the proper oil in your vehicle can also help to lower maintenance costs.   When regular maintenance is done on your vehicle, you can help to improve the lifespan of it. This can reduce wear and tear on the vehicle. By checking the fluid levels, tire pressure, lights, and brakes, the vehicle’s life can be extended. If you start to notice an issue with the vehicle, bring it in as soon as possible. This can reduce the chance of parts causing strain with one another and leading to a further issue. Over the summer, the heat and the sun will can do damage to your vehicle. It will cause damage to the vehicle and result in parts needing to be repaired or replaced.   Another benefit of having the vehicle maintained is that you can improve the safety level. This can help prevent an unexpected breakdown when you would least expect it. The tires can be inspected to help reduce the chance that they go flat at an inconvenient time. If you notice the vehicle pulling in one direction or another, bring it in as soon as you can. This could indicate an issue with the tires or alignment. By bringing in the vehicle at the start of an issue, you can help to have a safe and reliable vehicle when you drive.
June 9, 2016

Inspect the Belts and Hoses of Your Vehicle

  Having the vehicle in the best condition possible is important. Your engine relies on many different parts in order to generate power as well as making sure that the power is translated into the ability to drive. The best way to make sure that you are getting everything that you will need from your engine is to make sure things like belts and hoses are being checked regularly. These can get worn out very quickly through regular use of the engine.   It is important to know what you are looking for as well as how to replace these. With the right kind of help, your engine will be able to operate correctly at all times. You will notice an improvement immediately in performance whenever you do. There are a few things that your engine relies heavily on belts and hoses to operate correctly. Among the different things that rely on hoses is the carburetor. Additional belts will include the belt to the alternator that will generate the energy that the engine will need in order to provide electricity throughout the car while you are driving.   Having the belts and hoses inspected will improve the efficiency of the vehicle when you drive. The more frequently you are having these checked, the more likely it is that your engine will operate correctly. Make sure to follow the recommended schedule for how often the belts and hoses should be inspected. This way you can ensure your vehicle is working the best it can be. If you are not sure how often to bring the vehicle in for an inspection, make sure to contact us and we can advise you on a schedule.   If the belt starts to thin or is getting dry and cracking, it has the possibility that it will snap at any time. Hoses like the ones leading in and out of the carburetors will possibly get brittle and crack over time as well. These should be checked to make sure that they are also secured tightly using gaskets in good condition as well as clamps which are tight around the hoses. Since these can deteriorate rapidly, it is important to replace them at the first sign of a problem. Make sure to bring the vehicle in at the first sign of any issue so we can inspect it for any wear or damage it might have.    
April 14, 2016

Why Belts and Hoses are Needed for your Vehicle

  With owning a vehicle, you will want to make sure that it is in the best condition possible. This way it can be safe and reliable for when you will need to drive it. You can also inspect parts on your vehicle yourself. If you ever notice anything out of the norm, make sure to schedule and appointment so we can inspect it for you. When you inspect the vehicle, check the tires, oil, and even the belts and hoses. Without the belts and hoses, your vehicle will not be able to operate properly.   The timing belt is a notched rubber belt that allows the crankshaft to turn the camshaft. The camshaft opens and closes the valves in synchronized movement with the engine’s pistons. If the timing belt breaks, the engine will stop working. This can cause major engine damage. That’s why it is important to have your timing belt regularly inspected. If the belt is loose or has slipped the valves could open at the wrong time and be struck by your engine’s pistons. You may hear warning sounds that include a slapping noise coming from your engine, which can indicate a slipped belt.   Serpentine belts, also known as drive belts, provide power to the air conditioning compressor, power steering pump, cooling fan, air injection pump, and more. If your vehicle’s serpentine belt breaks, all of the engine parts it is powering will stop working and your engine could overheat and be damaged. Warning sounds can include a screeching noise coming from your engine, especially during start-ups on cold mornings or on sharp turns.   Coolant hoses include the upper and lower radiator hoses plus heater hoses. Some vehicles include a bypass hose. Hoses provide a flexible connection for coolant flow between the engine, radiator, engine and heating block. Tiny cracks can form from the inside that can eventually lead to a burst hose and overheated engine. Have your vehicle hoses and accompanying clamps inspected twice a year. This can help you to have an efficient vehicle that will operate at top performance when you drive.