Belts and Hoses Repair in Sycamore, IL
Why are Belts & Hoses important in your vehicle?
Belts and hoses perform very important functions in your vehicle; they are involved in several processes such as the engine, air conditioning system, cooling system and the charging system. There are different belts and hoses in a typical vehicle and they perform different functions. The timing belt coordinates the rotation of the camshaft and crankshaft, thereby maintaining the precision of the engine. Some vehicles have timing chains instead of timing belts. The serpentine belt located on the outside of the engine transfers power to the systems in the vehicle from the front of the engine. These systems include the charging system and the air conditioning. The radiator hose and heater hose transport the coolant in liquid form to and from the heater core, engine and radiator.
Several factors contribute to the wear and tear of your vehicle components and these include belt tension, mileage, vehicle age, oil contamination, electrochemical degradation and hose clamp failure. However, with proper maintenance, your vehicle will serve you much better.
Advantages of Belts and Hoses
Some of the signs that show that your vehicle’s belts and hoses are coming to the end of their short life spans include screeching, squeaking or grinding noises that start when you turn on your ignition or randomly when the vehicle is being used. More specifically, a damaged belt can be identified by occasional loss of power, steam from the engine, leaking coolants and fluids, and failure of the air conditioning.
You may not be able to identify problems with the belts and hoses on your own because it is usually difficult to carry out visual inspection. However, carrying out routine maintenance according to your manufacturer’s recommendations will help reduce the rate of wear and tear.