Visual Inspection of Belts
● Search for clear indications of
damage (cracking, glazing, softening, or peeling)
● Test for correct tension
● Test for correct alignment
● Record belt condition for future
Visual Inspection of Hoses
● Search for leaks, cracks, hardening,
● Test cooling system for leaks using
state-of-the-art pressure technology
● Record hose condition for future
Get your vehicle's belts and hoses inspected on a regular
basis because damaged pieces can seriously harm your vehicle. Research
shows that while most people get regular oil changes, they neglect 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.
Below are brief descriptions of some of the different belts and hoses we
The engine drives some of your vehicle's accessories. Instead of
being supplied by electric power, these accessories rely on a series
of pulleys and belts to operate. Some of these accessories include:
● Power steering pump
● Air conditioning compressor
● Radiator cooling fan
● Water pump
Some vehicles require a single serpentine belt to power these
accessories (as opposed to several individual belts).
Accessory Drive Belts
While some accessories in your
car are electrically powered by the charging system, others use the engine
itself as their power source. The power for these accessories is delivered
by a system of pulleys and belts. Examples of these accessories are:
Water Pump for engine cooling
Power Steering Pump
Air Conditioning Compressor
Radiator Cooling Fan
Many late model cars use a
single serpentine belt in place of individual belts to drive these
If you think of hoses as your vehicle's circulatory system, then
you'll have an appropriate representation of their importance. Hoses
are composed of two rubber layers with fabric in between. Types of
hoses vary on make and model, but typically include:
● Fuel hose (sends gasoline from
the gas tank to the engine)
● Radiator and Heater Hoses -
These hoses convey coolant to the engine and heater core.
● Power steering hose (connects
power steering pump to steering equipment)
Radiator & Coolant Hoses
and coolant hoses are vital to keep your engine from overheating.
With time and use, hoses become brittle and weak. Don't wait for a
failed radiator or coolant hose to leave you stranded.
Upper Radiator Hose
Lower Radiator Hose
Cooling hoses should be
replaced every 5 years or 100,000 miles.
TIMING BELTS.... WHAT ARE THEY?
Piston engines can generally be divided into two groups-Interference
AND non-interference engines.
If a timing belt breaks on a non-Interference engine the engine will
'free-wheel' and the piston will not contact the valves.
On the other hand, interference engines will not 'free-wheel".
Severe valve train and piston damage can result if the timing belt
breaks while the engine is running.
TIMING BELT REPLACEMENT GUIDE
Most manufactures have recommended replacement Intervals for
replacing timing belts. A typical service Interval in between 50,000
and 60,000 miles. It is important to replace timing belts at
recommended Intervals even if the vehicle has a non-interference
engine. Proper maintenance prevents expensive tow bills and possible
accidents due to loss of engine power while traveling at highway