Keeping the vehicle in the best condition possible is important for the overall performance and efficiency of it. The vehicle should be checked regularly for any damage, cracks, or leaks that may have occurred since the last time it was inspected. One thing to check regularly are the belts and hoses of the vehicle. Hoses that are exposed to heat and fumes from the engine can cause them to harden. This can have the possibility to lead to leaks or cracks with the hoses. It is also important to check the belts for any tension or damage from normal wear and tear.
If a belt is loose, you will hear a squeaking or squealing noise, especially when you accelerate rapidly. Sometimes the belts can make these noises if water, coolant, or oil has contaminated them. If this occurs, you will also need to see where the leak is coming from. It is always the best idea to bring your vehicle in so we can inspect it for you. We can determine if the belts need replacing, and where the leak is coming from if there is one. Also, the belts will need to be replaced if you see chunks missing from them, or if they are frayed. This is important because if they are ignored the pulleys may be out of alignment.
By providing maintenance for your vehicle, you can help the lifespan of it, as well as the overall condition. Neglecting the hoses of your vehicle can lead to damage and overheating of the engine. You can inspect the hoses over for any holes or cracks. During this, you can also see if any of the hoses are leaking. This can occur with the hose, or at the ends where they connect.
Also check the hoses for any signs of bulges or blisters. These can be signs that the hoses are starting to wear, and may need to be replaced soon. By feeling the hoses you will also be able to tell if they are too soft or hard. If the hoses are weakening, they will need to be replaced soon. Scheduled maintenances are a good way to help catch any issues that are with the hoses. If you are not sure how often to bring the vehicle in for an inspection, make sure to contact us and we can advise you on a schedule. This can help increase the longevity of your vehicle, as well as the parts of the vehicle.