Why Your Engine’s Belts and Hoses Need to be Checked Before Summer

We’re already beginning to feel the first effects of summer. As the seasons continue to change and the temperatures rise, it’s important to get your vehicle ready to keep up. Adding monthly hose and belt checks to your car’s regular maintenance schedule will help you avoid serious engine problems.

They might not seem like a lot, but your belts and hoses take the brunt of the duties your vehicle performs. Belts kick-start the alternator and help operate the water pump. Meanwhile, the hoses carry gas, air, brake fluid and anti-freeze. Your engine depends on these vital elements to do their job and do it well.

How to check car belts and engine hoses

Newer vehicles use serpentine belts, which drive most engine parts. When checking serpentine belts, look for cracks, fraying and exposed threads. Older vehicles use V-belts, so you’ll want to turn the belt over and look for glazing, cracking or excessive wear.

Pinch radiator hoses to check for rigidity. A good radiator hose is flexible and won’t stick together when pinched. Check for swelling at the connection to the engine or radiator. Hoses that carry power steering fluid and brake fluid shouldn’t be swollen, so replace immediately if they are.

If you’re uncomfortable checking your car’s belts and hoses, the professional ASE-certified technicians at Christian Brothers Automotive in Clermont will help. Since 1982, Christian Brothers Automotive has provided the best auto repair service to millions of loyal customers. To have your hoses and belts checked, call Christian Brothers Automotive in Clermont today.