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Belts & Hoses

 

Most vehicle break downs today are related to belts, hoses and cooling system problems.  Today’s vehicles run hotter than ever before and have more packed into a tighter area than ever before.  Belts and hoses are prone to cracking and deterioration from the elements.  These items often can crack, leak, or fray from constant exposure to heat, vibration, and other harmful chemicals.  If not properly maintained, any one of these could spell disaster for your engine performance. 

 

Here are some of our recommendations to ensure belt and hose quality:

 

Visual Inspection of Belts

 ● Search for clear indications of damage (cracking, glazing, softening, or peeling)

 ● Test for correct tension

 ● Test for correct alignment

 ● Record belt condition for future reference

 

Visual Inspection of Hoses

 ● Search for leaks, cracks, hardening, or softening.

 ● Test cooling system for leaks using state-of-the-art pressure technology

 ● Record hose condition for future reference

 

DID YOU KNOW?

They say timing is everything. That's doubly true when it comes to your timing belt. First, your timing belt keeps your valves operating in time with your engine so that it runs properly. Second, if you replace your timing belt on schedule, you'll likely avoid the downtime and expense that can result from a broken or slipping timing belt. At Sparks Tire & Auto in St. Charles we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us a call at 636-946-5900 and let us help keep you safely and economically on the road... (Read more)

 

Related Components:

Cooling System

Radiator

Radiator Hose

Heater Hose

Fuel Hose

Power Steering Hose

Heater Core

Engine Coolant

Power Steering Pump

Timing Belt

Serpentine Belt

Alternator

Water Pump

Power Steering Pump

A/C Compressor

Radiator Cooling Fan

Steering Gear

Electrical Charging System

 

 

Get your vehicle's belts and hoses inspected on a regular basis because damaged pieces can seriously harm your vehicle. Research shows that while most people get regular oil changes, they neglect the condition of their belts and hoses. A leaking hose or a cracked belt will cause you more trouble than an overdue oil change ever will.

 

Below are brief descriptions of some of the

different belts and hoses we inspect:

 

serpentine beltDrive Belts:

The engine drives some of your vehicle's accessories. Instead of being supplied by electric power, these accessories rely on a series of pulleys and belts to operate. Some of these accessories include:

 

 ● Power steering pump

 ● Alternator

 ● Air conditioning compressor

 ● Radiator cooling fan

 ● Water pump

 

Some vehicles require a single serpentine belt to power these accessories (as opposed to several individual belts).

Accessory Drive Belts

While some accessories in your car are electrically powered by the charging system, others use the engine itself as their power source. The power for these accessories is delivered by a system of pulleys and belts. Examples of these accessories are:Cooling System Inspection

  • Alternator

  • Water Pump for engine cooling

  • Power Steering Pump

  • Air Conditioning Compressor

  • Radiator Cooling Fan

  • Many late model cars use a single serpentine belt in place of individual belts to drive these accessories.

Hoses:

If you think of hoses as your vehicle's circulatory system, then you'll have an appropriate representation of their importance. Hoses are composed of two rubber layers with fabric in between. Types of hoses vary on make and model, but typically include:

 

 ● Fuel hose (sends gasoline from the gas tank to the engine)

 ● Radiator and Heater Hoses - These hoses convey coolant to the engine and heater core.

 ● Power steering hose (connects power steering pump to steering equipment)

 

Serpentine Belt

You know that long belt that snakes around the front of your engine? It’s called the serpentine belt. The serpentine belt is driven by the engine as it turns. It powers your alternatorair conditioning compressor, and power steering pump. On some vehicles it also runs the water pumpradiator fan, and power brakes. Sounds like a lot of important stuff doesn’t it?


If your serpentine belt were to break on one of our roads, your battery would die in a few miles. If it runs your fan or water pump, your engine could overheat. And steering and braking could be more difficult. Obviously, the best thing is to replace your serpentine belt before it breaks.


Check your owner’s manual for when it’s recommended that you replace your serpentine belt – or just ask our service advisor for assistance. We can inspect the belt as well to see if it’s in trouble.


You may have been told by a service advisor to look for cracks in your belt to see if it needs to be replaced. Of course, cracks are still a concern, but modern belt material doesn’t crack as often as old belts did. What we look for these days is the thickness of the belt. There are tools available that measures the depth of the grooves in the belt to see if it needs replacing.


A worn belt can slip (squeal) or be misaligned, putting undue stress on the accessories it runs.


Now you can imagine it’s important for the belt to be tight, so there’s a tensioner pulley on your engine that puts pressure on the belt to keep it at the right tension. The spring on the tensioner wears out over time so we recommend replacing the tensioner pulley at the same time as the serpentine belt.


Replacing your serpentine belt on schedule, or when an inspection warrants it, will keep you from an unexpected breakdown.

 

Radiator & Coolant Hoses

 

Radiator and Cooling System ServiceRadiator and coolant hoses are vital to keep your engine from overheating. With time and use, hoses become brittle and weak. Don't wait for a failed radiator or coolant hose to leave you stranded.

 

Coolant System Components:

  • Heater Core

  • Heater Hoses

  • Pressure Cap

  • Thermostat

  • Upper Radiator Hose

  • Radiator

  • Fan

  • Water Pump

  • Transmission Cooler

  • Lower Radiator Hose

  • Reserve Tank

  • Antifreeze


Cooling hoses should be replaced every 5 years or 100,000 miles.

 


Timing Belt

 

TIMING BELTS .... WHAT ARE THEY?

Piston engines can generally be divided into two groups-Interference AND non-interference engines.
If a timing belt breaks on a non-Interference engine the engine will 'free-wheel' and the piston will not contact the valves.

On the other hand, interference engines will not 'free-wheel". Severe valve train and piston damage can result if the timing belt breaks while the engine is running.


TIMING BELT REPLACEMENT GUIDE
Most manufactures have recommended replacement Intervals for replacing timing belts. A typical service Interval in between 50,000 and 60,000 miles. It is important to replace timing belts at recommended Intervals even if the vehicle has a non-interference engine. Proper maintenance prevents expensive tow bills and possible accidents due to loss of engine power while traveling at highway speeds.

 


 

ARCHIVED ARTICLES

Timing Belt - NAPA Service Assistant

 

Timing Belt
Let's address a maintenance item for everyone in St. Charles, Missouri – timing belt replacement. It's important because letting this one slide can lead to very engine damage. Your timing belt choreographs the timing of your combustion process. Your pistons travel up and down in the cylinder. Intake valves open at the right time to let in air and fuel, they close at the right time to allow the fuel to burn and then the exhaust valves open at the right time to let out the exhaust... (Read more)

 

Also See:

 

 ● Serpentine Belt Replacement

 

 ● Timing Belt Replacement

 

 

 

 

 

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