How Do You Know If Your Belts And Hoses Need Replaced?


Cracked serpentine belt

When was the last time you had your belts and hoses checked?
Belts and hoses are made of rubber and have a tendency to crack and break due to contact with heat, cold, and fluids.  In addition, due to advancements in rubber technology, you may not be able to tell from the outside if a belt or hose needs replaced. When we check them we use a special gauge.
Having a belt or hose break while you are driving can cause serious (and expensive!) damage to your engine. The best thing you can do is to be proactive in making sure they are in good operating condition.
Here’s what you should know:

  • Hoses should be checked at each oil change for age hardening (or softening) by pinching.
  • Any hose that feels rock-hard or mushy is due for replacement. Leaking, visible cracks, blistering or any other visible damage on the outside of the hose also indicates a need for replacement.
  • The clamps should be replaced when new hoses are installed.
  • V-belts should be replaced every three to four years or 40,000 to 50,000 miles.
  • V-belts and serpentine belts should be checked for looseness.
  • Replace the timing belt between 60,000 and 90,000 miles or based on the interval specified in your owner’s manual.

Nearly one-third of all cars and light trucks have belts or hoses that should probably be replaced. Proper maintenance of your vehicle’s belts and hoses is an easy way to protect your car’s reliability and prevent costlier repairs down the line.
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Written by Automotive Technology of West Islip