Belts & Hoses

Belts and Hoses

Belts and hoses wear out more often than any other components in a vehicle due to exposure to heat, vibration and contamination. It is therefore important to have them checked regularly for wear. Our technicians will gladly check your belts and hoses anytime you have your vehicle in the shop. Here is a list of belts and hoses and how they are used in a vehicle:  

 

Accessory Drive Belts

One of the major components of the engine is the accessory drive belt system that is made up of the drive belt, tensioner and belt pulleys. This system powers certain accessories and key components in a vehicle. It is not uncommon when one component stops working other components soon stop working and the vehicle stops operating. Most new model vehicles incorporate a single serpentine drive belt instead of the individual belts to drive the accessories. The tensioner is used to insure that the belt stays snugly in place while the vehicle is operating. It can be a spring-loaded or hydraulic automatic type or a rare manual type found in older vehicles. Pulleys are used to direct the belt. They are spring-loaded and most likely have bearings inside them that give the pulleys longer life.

The following accessories are operated by a drive belt system:

 

  • Air Conditioning Compressor
  • Alternator
  • Power Steering Pump
  • Radiator Cooling Fan
  • Water Pump

 

Hoses

Hoses are constructed of three layers - two layers of rubber surrounding one layer of fabric. They contain the fluids necessary for the operation of a vehicle. They are as follows:  

 

  • Radiator and Heater Hoses
  • moves coolant to the engine and heater core
  • Fuel Hose
  • moves gasoline from the fuel tank into the engine
  • Steering Hose
  • connects the power steering pump to the steering gear
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