Fixing Your Belts And HosesJuly 26, 2019 11:48 am
Most modern engines are made up of a series of plastic belts and hoses that both transfer power and push fluids to the appropriate areas. Your serpentine allows your engine to run and is one of the most important components found in your engine. If your serpentine belt was to fail, your car will not start up and you will find yourself stranded on the side of the road. Not only are these belts immensely important for your car’s mechanical functionality, but if one of these plastic belts or hoses fails, it could do some serious damage to parts of your engine. Since these belts spin at such high speeds, if one splits and ruptures, it is likely to fly off and damage more sensitive pieces like your radiator, hoses, or the tanks that hold some of your car’s most essential fluids. If you would like to learn more about how you can care for your belts and hoses or need parts for any DIY repair project, come into your local U Pull And Pay today.
There are a few things that you can do to test and see if your belts are still working at full efficiency. The first thing that you could do is to feel the plastic hoses themselves. When you squeeze your hose it needs to be soft enough to bend but not so firm that it cannot be bent at all. Your engine can get extremely hot, especially when you drive for long distances or if you have any engine malfunction causing it to run hot. That heat, in turn, hardens the plastics of hoses and belts, turning the once supple plastic into a hard and cracked substance. If you notice any signs of cracking, discoloration, or leaks on any of your hoses, you need to replace them immediately.
It is generally recommended that you have your hoses replaced whenever you replace your radiator or water pump. Make sure that whenever you replace your hoses make sure that you replace the clamps as well to make sure that your hoses stay affixed properly. All in all, replacing your hoses should only cost you a few bucks and an afternoon.
When it comes to your belts, you need to inspect the plastic for all of the same flaws and issues that can be found in your hoses. The plastic of your belt can easily harden in the heat and become brittle. It is a good idea to inspect your belts every 10,000 miles or so check to see if there is any looseness or signs of wear. If you are hearing and rubbing noises coming from your engine or feeling any strange vibrations, your serpentine belt could be the culprit. Most mechanics recommend that you have your serpentine belt and timing belts replaced every 60,000-90,000 miles, but if you notice any small tears or cracks developing in it, you should replace it right away.
If you have noticed any cracks, stiffness, or any other flaws in your belts or hoses, it is time to take your repairs into your own hands. Come into your local U Pull And Pay today to get all the parts you need and to get all your questions answered by one of our expert staff members.
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This post was written by Jonathan Kling