Belts and Hoses
Belts and hoses are important elements on a vehicle, leading to a correct operation of the engine, air conditioning, charging and cooling systems. Unfortunately not all of us know that old and used belts or hoses can make our car fail in the middle of nowhere. The manufacturers advice car owners to check the belts and hoses at every annual inspection. If discovered on time, some belts and hoses can have the necessary maintenance, making some small adjustments or fully replacing them, according to their needs.
Various driving conditions, the weather or just the age of the vehicle may cause the degradation of the belts and hoses. Some of the belts, like timing belts can last 60 000 to 100 000 miles and don’t need a regular changing, but others like V-belts or serpentine belts need a frequently changing. You have to be very careful when verifying the belts, because it’s possible to look the same way on the outside, even if they are about to brake. This is why you need to see a specialist to get a proper diagnostic of the vehicle belts. Lincolnwood Car Service provides a high qualified team of specialists who will verify every belt, in order to eliminate all the breaking possibilities.
Hoses are as important as belts. According to the type of hoses, like fuel, emission or vacuum hoses, manufacturers use special materials. When replacing hoses, you have to be very careful to use the correct type of hose, otherwise it might brake down, because of the high pressure on which it must withstand. Comparing to other hoses, the most expensive is power steering hose, which usually is not replaced unless is leaking. Even so, power steering hose still has to be checked periodically, because its failing can cause a loss of power steering assist.
Avoid possible breakdowns on the belts and hoses by bringing your car to Lincolnwood Car Service. Our technicians will inspect the vehicle very carefully and will advice whether it’s time to change a belt or a hose or if a small adjustment is necessary. Call us at (773) 216 – 4840 to make an appointment with one of our specialists or just stop by when possible to have a full examination of your vehicle.