Maintaining Car Belts and Hoses – Warning Signs
March 13, 2015
How to properly stay on top of Maintaining Car Belts and Hoses
The system of belts, belt tighteners and hoses that help your engine to function properly is comprised of a variety of different parts, each of which can be individually replaced. When your belts are nearing their limit, and they begin to crack, there are a variety of different warning signs that you can pick up on in order to replace the belts before the belt slips or breaks. The same is true for all of the hoses working in your engine to move fluids throughout your engine and the rest of your vehicle, as a hose that is beginning to break or will need to be replaced in the near future will usually lead to a jerking feeling inside the car, along with other symptoms of an old hose.
So, in order to help you to understand the warning signs, and to give you different signs to watch out for, this article will list some of the different symptoms of an old belt or old hose that needs to be replaced, so that you are able to visit a mechanic before you end up stranded on the side of the road.
Warning Signs of Belts
The V-Belts and Serpentine Belts that are moving inside of your engine usually control many of your car’s accessories, such as your alternator, power steering, cooling and heating fans, and water pump. When one of these belts begins to degrade to such as point that it snaps, a variety of costly repairs could be just around the corner.
In order to avoid having to pay for these repairs, listen for any type of squealing sound when you turn your vehicle on, or when using any of the accessories inside your car (especially your cooling and heating fans.)
Other Warning Signs of Hoses To Watch Out For
There are many different types of hoses that your vehicle uses in order to function properly. These hoses include the top radiator hose which is response for cooling the radiator, the bottom radiator hose that brings the cooled fluid to the water pump and then pushes it out to the engine, the bypass hose which pushes cool fluid from the water pump past the thermostat in your vehicle to regulate the temperature of your engine, and your heater hose that moves heated coolant to and from the heating system in the cab of your vehicle.
Warning signs for hoses include any type of cracks within the hoses in your engines, as well as any type of overheating of your engine. If a hose is near breaking, it can leak fluid, which will turn the temperature warning on that is located near your speedometer.
In summary, Maintaining Car Belts and Hoses can save you money, prolong the life of your car, and prevent a LOT of headaches.