Maintaining your hoses and belts keeps your car running smoothly and safely

April 15th, 2016

Auto Maintenance TN & VAAs with all mechanical devices, over time, many of your vehicle’s parts will wear down and need to be adjusted or replaced. Belts and hoses are such parts. However, the good news is, if you have them checked and maintained regularly and replaced as needed, you can avoid the much more costly and potentially dangerous prospect of replacing them after they fail.

Hoses convey liquids like oil, coolant and transmission fluids to various parts of a vehicle's engine and gas refrigerant to its air conditioner. They also maintain vacuums or keep pressures steady in various systems. Hose failures can range from irritating problems, such as air-conditioning loss, to dangerous issues, like your engine overheating, to disastrous, like your transmission grinding itself to pieces. Additionally, if a hose breaks or comes loose, the potential is there for harmful fluids to spray all over your engine.

Belts help drive devices like the alternator, power steering pump and water pump. Your vehicle's timing belt connects the engine’s crankshaft and camshaft to ensure that they are operating in sync. Belt failure can also cause smaller to catastrophic problems, from loss of power steering to engine seize-up.

Most such problems can be avoided with simple vigilance. If you hear squealing or grinding, sense your vehicle is losing power, feel it vibrating in an unusual way, or experience backfiring, have your belts and hoses examined. You can also visually check hoses and belts for obvious signs of wear. Cracking, fraying or worn-down “teeth” on belts and cracking, splitting or brittleness on hoses usually means it is time to replace them. In any event, you should have your vehicle’s hoses and belts checked at every oil change or after every 3,000 miles of driving.

At Free Service Tire, we will inspect your belts and hoses for the signs of wear noted above and perform pressure tests to detect unseen leaks to determine if any replacements are needed. We will also check for issues like loose, worn or missing hose clamps and looseness in the belts, which can be addressed without replacing the entire part. 

The long and short of hoses and belts is, inspecting them and maintaining them is relatively easy and inexpensive. Replacing them after they have failed – and fixing the damage their failure can do to your engine – can be both difficult and expensive.

So why not take the easy and inexpensive route and have Free Service Tire check your hoses and belts for you? You can find one of our locations near you here or schedule your appointment online. We look forward to serving you soon!

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