Belts, Hoses,and Engine Coolant

December 18th, 2014

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 o ...[more]

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Spring is the Season for Change

March 27th, 2014
As the weather changes and the world is energized to get out and do something, you can start with a simple change:  changing the fluids in your vehicle. It’s fast.  It’s easy.  It’s not expensive, and it is the single most important thing you can do to maintain your car or truck. 
 
A quick run down of the fluids in your vehicle are Oil, Coolant, Transmission Fluid, Brake Fluid, Power Steering, and Washer Fluid. To maintain your vehicle’s proper functions, you want to make sure you are changing the oil, and flushing out or replacing the coolant and transmission fluid. Washer fluid should be checked and topped off whenever it is low (most vehicles have a light that will indicate when the reservoir needs to be filled).  Brake Fluid and Power Steering Fluid should rarely, if ...[more]
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