The various belts & hoses in your engine bay are essential to your engine, cooling, air conditioning, and electrical systems. Don’t take them for granted, because if not properly maintained or replaced they can fail and leave you stranded or even cause damage to your engine.
Your timing belt keeps the crankshaft and camshaft mechanically synchronized to maintain engine timing. Serpentine, v-belts, or fan belts at the front of your engine transmit power from your engine to accessories that need to be driven, such as your air conditioning, alternator, and cooling fans. Radiator and heat hoses carry coolant to and from your engine, radiator, and heater core.
Several things contribute to wear and tear on your belts & hoses:
Vehicle age - these rubber components will get more brittle and begin to crack and eventually fail.
Improper belt tension
Failed hose clamps
Some symptoms of failing belts or hoses include squeaking or squealing noises from under the hood when you start or run your engine, coolant leaks, and in some cars, warning lights on your dashboard. The most common and important belts and hoses are the serpentine belt, heater hoses, radiator hoses, drive belt, fan belt, and timing belt. Most newer cars use a timing chain instead of a rubber belt, which lasts longer and has less risk of slipping, but these can eventually fail too. Some cars only use one serpentine belt to power all of their accessories, while other use a combination of serpentine and v-belts, and some use only v-belts.
If you notice any symptoms of belt or hose failure, call our technicians at ExperTec Automotive Costa Mesa today to schedule an appointment. We can make sure that your parts are in good shape and won’t break!