Squeaks and drips? Don't ignore them!
There are many things that could go wrong or potentially break and be damaged when it comes to the belts and hoses within your vehicle. There are many different belts and hoses located throughout the engine bay, and any of them could break, spring a leak, or crack at any time. With the potential for extreme weather, and the unavoidable damage of depreciation over the years, it’s best to get your belts and hoses checked regularly. Some of the most common causes of breakdowns are leaks where vital fluids have leaked from the car and it won’t start.
When to have them looked at?
- If you are driving and feel any significant vibrations or “slipping” or “catching” that you seem to notice within the engine.
- Another red flag is if you notice a loss of power from the motor, this could indicate something being loose or cracked and broken.
- A squealing or grinding noise within the motor, may also be a cause for concern relating to your belts and hoses.
We recommend that each time you come for an oil change, or about every 3,000 miles, you have your hoses and belts checked out. A typical examination of your belts and hoses should include:
- Aligning the drive pulley appropriately
- Checking for loosened or worn clamps
- Potential cracks or punctures in the belts and hoses
- Other potential wear issues like: cracking, peeling, glazing, or softening of belts
- Potential hardening, cracking, and softening of hoses
- Lastly, a check for proper tensioning