All You Need to Know about Belts and Hoses

Belts and hoses wear out faster than any other vehicle component due to heat, vibration and dirt. That is why regular checks are so important. Your car’s belts and hoses are critical to properly functioning your engine’s cooling, charging, and air conditioning systems. The flexible rubber compound that makes up the hose is designed to absorb the vibrations that occur while riding. Here we discuss the types of automotive belts and hoses and their uses. 

1. Timing Belt

A toothed rubber belt on the outside of the engine rotates the camshaft when the crankshaft rotates. The engine’s pistons and camshafts open and close the valves. A broken timing belt can cause the engine to stop quickly and cause serious damage to the engine. The timing belt will last him up to 100,000 miles but should be checked regularly. Timing belts are not standard on all cars. Some use engine-based timing chains.

2. Serpentine Belt

Drive belts, known as serpentine belts, drive critical components such as air conditioning compressors, power steering pumps and cooling fans. Due to the composition of rubber and excessive exposure to dryness, heat and cold, today’s multi-ribbed belts are less stretchable and slippery, but they wear out over time. Continue, but you risk losing power to the water pump and overheating the engine. When the V-belt fails, it becomes difficult to steer, the thermometer shows the vehicle is getting hot, and you may notice that the air conditioner is having trouble producing cool air. It should be replaced in most cases after about 50,000 miles. 

3. Hoses

Automotive hoses are connected to radiators, heaters, fuel lines, vacuum lines, air conditioners and power steering. The hose that connects to the engine is flexible and absorbs vehicle vibrations. Most of the time, the hose is worn from the inside and stiff from the outside. Dryness attacks rubber and can cause cracks. We recommend replacing the hose every 80,000km but check it regularly for cracks, damage and dryness. 

Car fluid hoses are made of two layers of rubber with a layer of fabric in between. A typical hose is:

  • Radiator and Heater Hoses – These hoses carry coolant to the engine and core.
  • Fuel Hose – As the name suggests, this hose carries fuel from the tank to the engine.
  • Power Steering Hose – Connects the power steering pump to the steering box.

4. Timing Belt For Cars and Trucks

Timing belts play an important role in the reliability and safety of your vehicle. Therefore, if you have driven the distance that the timing belt needs to be replaced, we recommend you have your vehicle serviced as soon as possible. 

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