Belt and Hose Inspection
Belts and hoses are the kind of parts that are constantly exposed to heat, vibration, and harmful chemicals. So it's no wonder that they crack, peel, wear out and leak. You may be able to postpone an oil change here and there (though we don't recommend it), but overlook the condition of belts and hoses and you're bound to pay the price. These parts must be checked regularly. Just keeping an occasional eye on them isn't enough.
We thoroughly inspect drive belts
The power steering pump, alternator, air conditioning compressor, radiator cooling fan, water pump are just some of the belts we inspect. Please note: most older vehicles have a single serpentine belt powering these accessories (as opposed to several individual belts). And here's how we inspect them:
- We look for cracking, glazing, softening, peeling, etc.
- We test tension and alignment
- We make note of any suspicious but not-yet-dangerous condition that we should check on your next visit with us
We thoroughly inspect hoses
Hoses are made up of two rubber layers with a layer of fabric in between. Hoses are the conduits that keep car fluids getting to their correct destination. The kinds of hoses a vehicle has vary by make and model, but basically you'll find these hoses in every car:
- The fuel hose moves fuel from the gas tank to the engine
- The radiator hose delivers coolant to the engine
- The power steering hose connects the power steering pump to the steering equipment
- The heater hose delivers coolant to the heater core.
Hoses are critical to the health of your car. For this reason, we inspect hoses thoroughly:
- We look for cracking, leaking, hardening or softening, etc.
- We test the cooling system for leaks using state-of-the-art pressure technology
- We make note of any suspicious hose condition for your next visit