Belts and Hoses
Among all the equipment in your vehicle, belts and hoses have the shortest lifespan. Due to constant exposure to heat, vibration, and harmful chemicals, these components invariably crack, leak, fray, and peel. If not promptly replaced and maintained, this could spell disaster for the performance of your vehicle. Evaluating the condition of your belts and hoses only on their appearance is not enough. Diligent inspection is required, and we are here to do it. Here is a sample of how we ensure belt and hose quality:
Visual Inspection of Belts
Visual Inspection of Hoses
It is vital to inspect your vehicle’s belts and hoses on a regular basis because often times a damaged piece has serious effects on the condition of your vehicle. Research shows that while most people are attentive when it comes to regular oil changes, they hardly devote any concern at all to the condition of their belts and hoses. A leaking hose or a cracked belt will cause you more trouble than an overdue oil change ever will! The following is a brief description of some of the different belts and hoses we inspect:
Most newer vehicles require a single serpentine belt to power these accessories (as opposed to several individual belts).
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The timing belt keeps engine components synchronized by causing valves to open and close at the proper time. If the timing belt is loose or improperly adjusted, it may skip a tooth or more, usually on the cam gear causing the engine to be “out of time”. This results in a loss of synchronization and engine performance.
There are 2 types of engines you will hear about when the discussion of broken timing belts arise, “Interference” and “Non-Interference”. These terms refer to the relationship between the pistons and valves when the camshaft and crankshaft are out of synchronization.
Because the timing belt is made of rubber and reinforced with fiber cords, it will naturally degrade with age. It should be replaced at scheduled intervals which vary among car manufacturers. Usual timing belt service intervals are every 60,000 to 90,000 miles.
Timing belt maintenance and replacement intervals must be followed closely because timing belt failure can occur without warning.
Replacing the timing belt requires removal of the accessory belts, fan belt, or serpentine belts, the pulleys, crankshaft pulley, and timing covers. When replacing the timing belt components inside the timing cover are also inspected and, if necessary, replaced. These components include oil seals and gaskets, tensioners, idlers and idler bearings. Some engines will also require water pump replacement at the same time as the timing belt. The timing belt and timing belt idler are considered a unit and should be replaced at the same time.