Your car’s belts & hoses are vital for the charging, air conditioning and cooling systems, as well as the engine. Never take routine replacement for granted because, if you do, they can break, and you’ll be stranded.
The timing belt keeps the camshaft and crankshaft synchronized to maintain good engine timing. Whether fan belt, V-belt or serpentine (the belts on the exterior of the engine), they all deliver power from the front of the engine to other elements that need to be driven, such as the charging system, the fans, and air conditioning. Heater and radiator hoses carry coolant to and from the radiator, engine and heater core.
Some vehicles have a time belt. If it breaks, the vehicle won’t run. Another key hose to have checked is the radiator hose. If your car is losing coolant or it’s overheating, there might be a hole in it. If insufficient fluid goes through the hose to cool the car, the motor will overheat.
Things that affect the replacement frequency of belts & hoses are:
- Failed hose clamps
- Belt tension
- Oil contamination
- Electrolytic corrosion
- Vehicle age
Symptoms of malfunctioning belts & hoses:
- Smell of burnt rubber
- Engine overheating
- AC failure
- Dashboard light will illuminate
- Coolant leaks
- Squeaking sound under the hood when starting up
Since 1979, our team at Scotty Muffler & Auto Repair has been providing honest and dependable services in the Lake Alfred area of Florida. Our certified technicians will have your truck or car back on the road in no time!