If you live in Las Vegas, Nevada, then you know that regular checks of a vehicle’s parts and engine diagnostics are vital in isolating any problems and engine flaws. After such checks, maintenance services of vehicles follow, which may range from an oil change to engine change. Checking the vehicle belts and hoses is also essential for engine efficiency and the optimal performance of your vehicle. Particularly, hoses and belts of a vehicle need regular checking, repair, and replacing as they keep the vehicle’s cooling system running.
Hoses and belts are made of rubber and often crack or break due to the constant contact with fluids, heat, and cold air. Even with the regular checks, it may be difficult to establish cracked hoses and may, therefore, require specialized equipment. Having a broken hose or belt while driving may have detrimental effects on the engine. As such, car owners should be proactive in ensuring that these parts are in great operating condition.
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Checking Belts and Hoses
Regular inspection of your car’s hoses and belts is critical to the engine’s performance. As such, automotive technicians advise that these components be inspected at every oil change. That means that they should be checked after 3000-5000 miles or after every three months. For the timing and serpentine belts, checking involves looking out for cracks and determining whether there’s extensive damage to the belt.
Checking for cracked or weakened hoses is also essential, given the high temperature of the engine compartment. Automotive technicians inspect the hoses by running a pressure check on the cooling system and looking out for leaks. To be sure that there are no leaks, the cooling system is bred after filling the radiator with a proper mixture of coolant. This process helps re-check for leaks to determine the need for repair or replacement of hoses.
Repairing Hoses in Cars
Repair of belts isn’t possible, and replacing is the only viable solution to worn out or damaged belts. On the other hand, hoses may be reparable given the extent of the damage. The repair of tubes involves identifying the point of leakage. For less extensive damage on the hose, repairs may involve the simple process of wrapping the leaking area using duct tape. Sticking the tape on the damaged area and wrapping it severally may just be the solution to a leaking hose.
Extensive damage of the hose may, however, require more than just wrapping using duct tape. While automotive technicians recommend the replacement of overly damaged hoses, repairing points of leakage is possible. Car owners can even do this by themselves, by cutting off the damaged area. Afterward, a coupler is used to connect the separate parts of the hose. The coupling is fixed in position by fitting a clamp over the hose.
Replacing Belts and Hoses
Replacement of hoses and belts is essential over time to prevent damage to the engine. Belts should be preferably be replaced after 36,000-50,000 miles, which could mean five years after the previous replacement. Hoses, on the other hand, can last up to 40,000 miles or five years of operation and should be replaced after this duration as long as they don’t break or blow out.
Belts and hoses should be regularly checked for cracks and leakages to avoid engine damage. Whereas belts can’t be repaired, automotive technicians may repair hoses where replacement is not necessary. Overall, the replacement of these parts is necessary after 4,000 miles to prevent unseen breakage and damage to the engine.