Rubber Components In My Vehicle
It is so easy to live by an “out of sight, out of mind” mindset when it comes to your vehicle. The truth is, it can definitely be overwhelming to think about all the little machines and components that make your vehicle function properly. But believe it or not, there are many elements in your vehicle that are made up of material that wears out over time, like rubber. At Christian Brothers Automotive in Hutto we will keep you informed on the condition of these items by performing a free no cost courtesy inspection when you visit our shop.
The great thing about rubber is that it is resistant to many of the chemicals used in your vehicle. Rubber can also tolerate heat and cold very well, though overtime it will melt or crack. Rubber also doesn’t conduct electricity, so it can prevent a charge from escaping and damaging other parts of your vehicle.
Many of the hoses in your vehicle, like your radiator hoses which carry coolant to keep your engine at the proper operating temperature, are made of rubber. Overtime, these hoses will crack and can cause leaks. It’s important to get these components replaced when excessive cracking occurs, to keep from costly engine repairs. Other hoses in your vehicle connect to fuel lines, air conditioning, power steering and your braking system.
Your timing belt is responsible for keeping your engine’s various components working together in synchronization. Because it is made of rubber, it will stretch and crack overtime. A slipped timing belt can cause engine misfiring and a completely severed timing belt can cause a complete engine breakdown. Just like all the other belts in your vehicle that provide power to other major systems like your AC compressor and your power steering pump, the upkeep of these belts is extremely vital to your vehicle’s systems running safely and efficiently.
Seals & Gaskets
Rubber is also used to make many gaskets in your vehicle. Gaskets are little rubber rings that help create a seal so there’s no leaks when fluids are flowing through pipes and hoses. Rubber is also used to create shields for electrical pieces in your car like spark plugs.
What Can I Do?
While your vehicle may start to give you indications of rubber components wearing out, like a small leak, you won’t always know their condition until they are properly inspected. Your owner’s manual will recommend replacing belts and hoses at certain mileage, but our technicians can perform a complimentary courtesy inspection each time you visit us. As your trusted automotive care specialists in Hutto, we will inspect all your major operating systems, including your belts, hoses and gaskets.
Come See Us
Even though car repair can seem burdensome, the rewards definitely outweigh the sacrifice. When you come see us at Christian Brothers Automotive in Hutto, you not only have access to experienced, skilled, and honest professionals, but you’re partnering with our ASE certified technicians and friendly service staff. Together we can make your vehicle last for many miles to come. Whether you are due for scheduled maintenance or you can’t remember the last time we’ve performed a courtesy inspection on your vehicle, we invite you to stop by our full-service auto repair shop on Highway 79 in Hutto. Just look for the big orange hippo!