Belts and Hoses
Belts and hoses are a vehicle's crucial parts, as these form important functions in making the cooling system, air conditioning system, charging system, and engine operate well. The heater and radiator hoses are responsible for carrying liquid coolant to and from the engine, radiator, and heater core.
To maintain engine precision, the timing belt is needed, for this synchronizes the rotation of the crankshaft and camshaft, which in turn move the engine's valves and pistons. In vehicles without timing belts, timing chains are used instead. The serpentine belt, which is outside the engine, transmits power from the engine's front to other systems, such as the airconditioning system and the charging system. Over time, belts and hoses suffer the wear and tear of use, such as age of the vehicle, mileage, belt tension, hose clamp failure, electrochemical degradation, as well as oil contamination.
Thus, the vehicle's belts and hoses should be checked for routine maintenance, or replaced as needed, in order to prevent breakdowns and high cost of repairs.
Benefits of Belts and Hoses
Belts and hoses have the shortest life spans in comparison with other parts of a vehicle because of constant exposure to engine heat, vehicle vibrations, and harmful chemicals. All these factors may lead to cracks and leaks. Thus, you should be aware of the following symptoms that signify your car's belts and hoses are nearing the end of their usefulness: squeaking, screeching, as well as grinding noises when you start the engine, or while the car is running. Grinding sounds that appear near belts, however, are often due to bad pulley bearing, which in time leads you to replace a belt or two. Other signs of a failing belt or hose are loss of power, leakage from coolant or other liquids, lighted dashboard, presence of steam rising from engine, and breakdown of air conditioning system. Regular maintenance of belts and hoses is indeed important at all times, especially during summer when temperatures increase, leading to faster deterioration of the rubber components. It is equally important to always follow the manufacturer's recommendation for scheduled inspections, as belts and hoses can be difficult to check visually.