Did you know that sooner or later your car’s engine accessory drive belts, timing belts, and coolant hoses will dry out and crack? Over time, serpentine belts and radiator hoses require replacement, because they lose their ability to properly expand and contract. In the case of timing belts, teeth that keep the belt in place and functioning properly can snap off or the timing belt may become frayed and loose. One sudden malfunction of these relatively inexpensive but very important parts can have costly consequences.
In addition to car belts and hose replacement, we also provide a range of preventive car maintenance services, including oil changes, fluid flushes, and filter replacements. Our experienced mechanics can detect many potential belt and car hose problems with a simple visual inspection.
Regular inspections, coupled with timely automotive belt and hose replacement in accordance with your vehicle manufacturer’s automotive maintenance schedule, will help protect against roadside breakdowns and expensive repairs.
Belts & hoses
A series of belts and pulleys drive engine accessories such as the alternator, water pump, fan, power steering pump, air conditioning compressor and air injection pump. The timing belt maintains the precise synchronization required to keep the engine’s valves and pistons moving in sync. Hoses and steel lines transfer coolant, brake fluid and fuel throughout the vehicle. Over time, these parts may crack, rust or leak. So, protect yourself by following the factory maintenance schedule.
We follow the manufacturers service guidelines for maintenance services, including belt and hose replacement. Our shops have access to factory maintenance schedules for most makes and models on the road.
The timing belt is a toothed, reinforced belt used to drive the camshaft via a sprocket to a crankshaft. It ensures the synchronization of the engine’s camshaft, crankshaft and distributor.
Signs of wear: Worn teeth, fraying, engine backfires or stops.
These belts transfer power from the crankshaft to all of the engine accessories. When this single belt breaks, it can cause damage to the engine through overheating, loss of the charging system or loss of power steering.
Signs of wear: Cracking, splitting, slipping and squealing
These are hoses that transfer antifreeze throughout the engine cooling system, including the radiator and the heater core.
Signs of wear: Cracking, splitting and brittle or soft spots
Belts & Hoses FAQs
Q: My car belt makes funny noises but stops after I start driving. Is that OK?
A: Looks like you need a replacement. If a belt is squealing, it is slipping just like a tire and rapidly wearing down the belt rubber due to unnecessary friction.
Q: What should I look for when checking my car’s belts?
A: It’s not a sales pitch. It’s the truth. When it comes your car’s belts, always have a professional inspect your car’s belts.
Q: My owner’s manual suggests mileages for replacing my timing belt. Do I really need to follow that recommendation if the car is running fine?
A: Absolutely! If the belt fails, you’re facing engine damage that could cost between $2,500 and $16,000. Always best to choose an ounce of prevention rather than a pound of cure.
Q: How much mileage should I get out of a new timing belt?
A: Your owner’s manual will tell you the exact mileage, and be sure to follow it exactly.
Q: What are the different types of belts in my car, and how often do they need to be changed?
A: There are two types: accessory drive belts and timing belts. Timing belts drive internal engine parts, mostly camshafts, balance shafts and intermediate shafts. These have regular replacement intervals, which are listed in your owner’s manual. Routine inspections will tell you when it’s time to replace accessory drive belts. They drive things like A/C compressors, power steering pumps and alternators, just to name a few.
Q: My belts have been squealing for a long time, but the car runs just fine. Do I need to change them?
A: Yes. If a belt is squealing, it is slipping just like a tire and rapidly wearing down the belt rubber due to unnecessary friction.