Belts & Hoses

Belts and hoses play a vital role in functional operations throughout your vehicle--keeping your cooling system, air conditioner, charging system and engine operating properly. Heater hoses and radiator hoses carry coolant to and from the engine, radiator, and heater core. Timing belts or timing chains are responsible for maintaining engine precision by synchronizing the rotation of the crankshaft and camshaft which are responsible for moving engine valves and pistons. Serpentine belt deliver power from the front of the engine to other systems in the vehicle including the air conditioner and charging systems. Normal wear-and-tear occurs on all belts and hoses due to age, mileage, belt tension, hose clamp failures, exposure to heat, vibrations and chemical erosion. Scheduled routine maintenance of belts and hoses significantly reduces breakdowns.

 

A few possible signs your vehicle's belts and hoses may need replaced:

  • Visible cracks and/or leaks
  • Squeaks and squeals while running
  • Loss of power or illuminated dash indicator lights
  • A/C malfunction or not cooling as usual
  • Steam from the engine

Heater Hose Replacement

Running engines produce a tremendous amount of heat that needs dispersed in order to prevent engine overheating. Coolant or antifreeze flow through the engine absorbing engine heat which is carried through heater hoses to the heater core where the warm air can be blown inside the compartment of your vehicle when desired. Heater fans blow through the heater core to heat the vehicle while cooling the antifreeze as it flows. The hoses re-cycle the coolant back to the cooling system at lower temperatures in order to continue to regulate consistent temperatures throughout the engine.

Radiator Hose Replacement

Radiator hoses link the engine to the radiator and help maintain consistent internal engine temperatures by transferring coolant or antifreeze. Coolant flows through the engine absorbing heat which is funneled to the radiator. The radiator's channels dissipate heat with convection from travel and with assistance from radiator fans. The cooled fluid cycles back into the engine where it repeats the cycle all over again. The extreme temperatures often cause radiator hoses to deteriorate from the inside without showing much visible wear-and-tear on the outside and must be checked at routine intervals to ensure safer, problem-free travels.

Serpentine Belt Replacement

Serpentine belts follow a snake-like path and power peripheral processes in the engine compartment including power steering pumps, water pumps, cooling fans, air conditioning systems and alternators. Belt tension plays an important role in serpentine belt maintenance. Properly-tensioned belts promote long belt life while ensuring that all components while minimizing load during operation. Although serpentine belts are built for years of heavy use, they do need repaired from time-to-time. Periodic inspections help prevent breakdowns.

Timing Belt Replacement

Timing belts or timing chains sync the rotation of an engine’s crankshaft and camshaft to the opening and closing of your engine’s valves. When the crankshaft rotates, the timing belt turns the camshaft, opening and closing the engine valves linked to the pistons' up and down movement. During your vehicle's intake phase, the intake valves are opened and the exhaust valves are closed as fuel and air mix within the cylinders. As the fuel-air mixture is compressed and ignited, the valves close. The combusted mixture is then pushed out of the exhaust valve. Your vehicle's timing belt operates to synchronize this process during normal engine operation.

Water Pump Replacement

The purpose of an automotive water pump is to push coolant through your vehicle's engine block, radiator and hoses to get the engine heat away from the system. Typically, the water pump drives off the crankshaft pulley or the crankshaft itself. After the coolant enters the water pump, it goes through the whole engine, where it absorbs the heat from the engine before it goes to the radiator where it's cooled. Water pumps commonly fail from contamination in the coolant, high levels of vibration or a lack of balance in the load. Fluid contamination often brings abrasive items in contact with he pump, leading the seal to fail prematurely. Unbalanced loads or excessive vibration can come from loose or incorrectly torqued mounting bolts, although bent pulleys or a fouled mounted fan assembly may also be a cause. When failures originates from a lack of balance or vibration, the result can be a shaft failure which can result in considerable damage on the components around it.

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