When you drive, you may notice signs that your vehicle’s belts may need to be inspected or replaced soon. If you hear a squealing or other noise coming from under the hood, it may be a loose or damaged belt. If a belt slips or breaks, waiting to have it fixed could possibly cause damage to your vehicle. A damaged belt can cause your power steering to stop working. If the belt comes off at any time, it can cause your engine to lock up, which can be a major issue and expense. While belts break down with heat, mileage, and age, it is a good idea to have them inspected regularly so you always know the condition that they are in.
Hoses work together with the belts to keep the vehicle running efficiently and maintaining proper operating temperature. Make sure the hoses are securely connected to prevent any leaks or other serious issues. The belts are also important to your vehicle, as the timing belt allows the crankshaft to turn the camshaft. If this belt breaks, the engine will stop working completely. This also can cause major damage to your vehicle’s engine. With age, the hoses can become hard and brittle due to exposure to the heat. Hoses can also split, blister, or crack. It is always recommended that you bring your vehicle in so we can inspect the belts and hoses for you.