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Belts and Hoses | Ryan GMW

Having the belts and hoses replaced or checked routinely can save you both time and money throughout the life cycle of your vehicle. Both belts and hoses are responsible for controlling crucial functions within your vehicle. In order to prevent a few of the most common reasons breakdowns occur, you should make sure belts and hose pipes get checked regularly. Every 3,000 miles is the average time when people have their belts and hoses checked.

What Do They Do?

Both belts and hoses regulate the essential functions of your vehicle. Belts keep the components of the engine, as well as the engine itself, running smoothly. They also keep the vehicle powered. Hoses operate to keep the fluids running throughout the car.

Belts can actually wear down and break gradually. When a belt becomes worn, it can easily slip. It can also become so slack that it causes the belt to malfunction. Hoses may glaze and break after many years of use or if they are exposed to especially harsh temperatures. A hose that is no longer effective can easily cause vital fluids to leak from the engine and create injury to essential engine components. You should see that belts and hoses are checked routinely in order to prevent some of the most common causes of malfunction.

When to Be Concerned

You should be concerned that the belts or hoses of your vehicle have malfunctioned if you experience a loss of power. Also the experience of squealing or grinding noises can indicate that a belt or hose has broken or come loose. If you feel vibrations, slips, or catching feelings, then you should really go and have it checked.

What is looked for?

The suggestion for how often to have the belts and hoses checked is every three thousand miles. A belt and hose inspection will typically check for glazing, breaking, peeling off, and softening of the belts. The inspection also typically makes sure that there is appropriate tensioning where needed and that the drive pulley alignment is correct. During the inspection, leaks and splits are commonly checked for. Hardening, splitting and softening of hoses can be a problem and this is addressed during the inspection as well. Conducting a cooling system pressure examination will help inspect for leaks. Loose or worn clamps can propose an issue, so those are checked to make sure they are exactly how they should be.