It seems like, most people think, replacing automotive belts and hoses, is a thing of the past.
Because, many people are, totally unaware, that all of these parts actually have, a limited service life.
So, they usually get replaced, after they have, already failed.
Above all, damage from failed, automotive belts and hoses, is always more costly; than the recommended replacement interval, would have been.
Therefore, replacing automotive belts and hoses, at specific intervals; helps prevent your vehicle from, breaking down unexpectedly.
Your vehicle may have any number of them, but the common ones are:
- Serpentine Belts
- Timing Belts
Serpentine belts, also known as drive belts, provide power to the; air conditioning compressor, power steering pump, cooling fan, air injection pump, and more.
So, if your vehicle’s serpentine belt breaks, all of the engine parts it is powering; will stop working and your engine could overheat and be damaged.
Most older vehicles, have V-belts instead of serpentine belts. V-belts are not as long-lived and often crack or fray as they age.
The timing belt is a notched rubber belt, that allows the crankshaft to turn the camshaft. So, if your timing belt breaks, your engine will stop working and typically, will cause major engine damage.
The hoses in your vehicle connect to the radiator, heater, fuel lines, vacuum lines, air conditioning, and power steering. Consequently, rubber hoses can become hard and brittle, deteriorating with age and exposure, to extreme temperatures; causing the hose to split, blister or leak.
Considering that the average age of passenger vehicles today, is more than 11 years; there are a lot of potential automotive belts and hoses, just waiting to fail.
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