As we head into summer and begin preparing for those family road trips, it’s important to check a number of your car’s functions, not the least of which are the belts and hoses. The belts and hoses are central to your car’s ability to run, and to do so efficiently.
“You don’t want to be stranded because of a bad belt that could have been diagnosed with simple preventative maintenance,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “If the serpentine belt fails or breaks, the engine will fail to run and you may be stuck. The Car Care Council recommends replacing belts at specified intervals to save you from the hassle of a breakdown.”
Here’s how to check car belts and hoses:
Check the manual. Your manual will tell you how often belts and hoses need to be replaced (if at all). This will give you a good idea what to expect when you look under the hood. It will also provide insight into where specific belts and hoses are located for your vehicle.
Look for obvious damage. Make sure your engine is cool before getting started, then look for frays, tears, wear, cracks, nicks, or bulges. Anything abnormal should be looked at by a skilled technician.
Check connection points. Make sure that the connections look clean and show no signs of fraying.
Check for signs of glazing on belts. Belts can begin to glaze on the sides, which can lead to the belt slipping.
If you find that you have hoses or belts that need to be replaced, we recommend stopping by Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford to schedule a service appointment as soon as possible!