Bring in Your Vehicle for Serpentine Belt and Hose Service if You Notice the Following Conditions:
- Engine loses power
- Leaking coolant or other fluids from vehicle
- Dashboard battery light is on
- Steam from engine
- A/C failure
- Squeaking, screeching, or grinding when you start your car
- Steering your vehicle becomes difficult
If you notice any of these symptoms or you need scheduled maintenance, bring your car in. Our techs here at R&M Auto Center Inc. in Mt. Holly NC will get you and your vehicle back on the road with the care and attention you deserve.
The Function of Belts and Hoses
Your vehicle’s Belts and Hoses are involved in multiple systems such as:
These Belts and Hoses are crucial to proper vehicle operation. The heater hose and radiator hose carry liquid coolant to and from the engine, radiator, and heater core. The Timing Belt is responsible for proper engine function by synchronizing the crankshaft and camshaft.
Causes of Belt Failure:
On the outside of the engine, the Serpentine Belt enables the air conditioning system and charging system to function. Belts and Hoses get worn and crack due to:
- vehicle age
- vehicle mileage
- engine belt tension
- Cooling system hose clamp failure
- chemical effects on components
- oil contamination
Routine maintenance and replacements of your vehicle’s Belts and Hoses will prevent breakdowns and costly repairs.
Life Span of a drive belt:
Belts and Hoses have one of the shortest life spans of all vehicle components. These items are constantly exposed to:
- drastic temperature change
- vehicle vibrations
- harmful chemicals
These are all factors that can cause cracks and leaks.
It’s worth noting that grinding sounds near Belts are usually associated with a bad pulley bearing rather than the Belt itself. These pulley bearings may seize causing the Belt to snap prematurely.Routine maintenance of Belts and Hoses is essential for proper engine operation.
Summertime though is an especially important season to keep an eye on these components due to higher temperatures. These conditions will accelerate the breakdown of the rubber components. Since Belts and Hoses can be difficult to inspect visually, be sure to follow your manufacturer’s recommendations for scheduled maintenance.