Your vehicle has many moving parts at work, and most require either belts or hoses in order to perform their best.
Types of Belts
There are three, not counting the seat belts that keep you and your passengers secure. The timing belt is a notched belt that helps turn the engine camshaft and keep your valves and pistons pumping in sync with each other. Newer models may feature a more durable timing chain instead, though.
Serpentine belts and drive belts help move such parts as your power steering, radiator fan, alternator, and water pump.
If your timing belt goes bad, your engine will stop running almost at once. You generally have a bit of time to deal with a failed serpentine or drive belt before things go haywire, though.
What Hoses Do
Hoses direct fluids to and from parts that need lubricating or cooling. The radiator and engine are prime examples of parts that use hoses to great effect.How to Spot Belt and Hose Issues
Your owner's manual details your recommended maintenance schedule, but you should check your belts and hoses regularly for wear and tear. Signs of trouble include:
- Loose or slack belts
- Belts that are too tight to turn
- Frayed belt edges
- Cracks in the hoses
- Large pools of liquid under your vehicle
Repair Bad Belts or Hoses with Genuine OEM Parts
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