2950 Sweetwater Ave.
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86406

Ph. (928) 680-4046

Business Hours:

Mon-Fri: 8:00am - 5:00pm

 

 

Belts & Hoses

Most vehicle break downs today are related to belts, hoses and cooling system problems.  Today’s vehicles run hotter than ever before and have more packed into a tighter area than ever before.  Belts and hoses are prone to cracking and deterioration from the elements.  These items often can crack, leak, or fray from constant exposure to heat, vibration, and other harmful chemicals.  If not properly maintained, any one of these could spell disaster for your engine performance.  Here are some of our recommendations to ensure belt and hose quality:

 

Visual Inspection of Belts

 ● Search for clear indications of damage (cracking, glazing, softening, or peeling)

 ● Test for correct tension

 auto repair schedule appointmentTest for correct alignment

 ● Record belt condition for future reference

 

Visual Inspection of Hoses

 ● Search for leaks, cracks, hardening, or softening.

 ● Test cooling system for leaks using state-of-the-art pressure technology

 ● Record hose condition for future reference

 

Get your vehicle's belts and hoses inspected on a regular basis because damaged pieces can seriously harm your vehicle. Research shows that while most people get regular oil changes, they neglect the condition of their belts and hoses. A leaking hose or a cracked belt will cause you more trouble than an overdue oil change ever will.

 

Below are brief descriptions of some of the different belts and hoses we inspect:

 

 

Cooling System

 

Radiator

 

Radiator Hose

 

Heater Hose

 

Fuel Hose

 

Power Steering Hose

 

Heater Core

 

Engine Coolant

 

Power Steering Pump

 

Timing Belt

 

Serpentine Belt

 

Alternator

 

Water Pump

 

Power Steering Pump

 

A/C Compressor

 

Radiator Cooling Fan

 

Steering Gear

 

Electrical Charging System

 

 

Drive Belts:

The engine drives some of your vehicle's accessories. Instead of being supplied by electric power, these accessories rely on a series of pulleys and belts to operate. Some of these accessories include:

 

 ● Power steering pump

 ● Alternator

 ● Air conditioning compressor

 ● Radiator cooling fan

 ● Water pump

 

Some vehicles require a single serpentine belt to power these accessories (as opposed to several individual belts).

Accessory Drive Belts

While some accessories in your car are electrically powered by the charging system, others use the engine itself as their power source. The power for these accessories is delivered by a system of pulleys and belts. Examples of these accessories are:Cooling System Inspection

  • Alternator

  • Water Pump for engine cooling

  • Power Steering Pump

  • Air Conditioning Compressor

  • Radiator Cooling Fan

  • Many late model cars use a single serpentine belt in place of individual belts to drive these accessories.

Hoses:

If you think of hoses as your vehicle's circulatory system, then you'll have an appropriate representation of their importance. Hoses are composed of two rubber layers with fabric in between. Types of hoses vary on make and model, but typically include:

 

 ● Fuel hose (sends gasoline from the gas tank to the engine)

 ● Radiator and Heater Hoses - These hoses convey coolant to the engine and heater core.

 ● Power steering hose (connects power steering pump to steering equipment)

 

Serpentine Belt

You know that long belt that snakes around the front of your engine? It’s called the serpentine belt. The serpentine belt is driven by the engine as it turns. It powers your alternatorair conditioning compressor, and power steering pump. On some vehicles it also runs the water pumpradiator fan, and power brakes. Sounds like a lot of important stuff doesn’t it?overheating hose and belt replacement


If your serpentine belt were to break on one of our roads, your battery would die in a few miles. If it runs your fan or water pump, your engine could overheat. And steering and braking could be more difficult. Obviously, the best thing is to replace your serpentine belt before it breaks.


Check your owner’s manual for when it’s recommended that you replace your serpentine belt – or just ask our service advisor for assistance. We can inspect the belt as well to see if it’s in trouble.


You may have been told by a service advisor to look for cracks in your belt to see if it needs to be replaced. Of course, cracks are still a concern, but modern belt material doesn’t crack as often as old belts did. What we look for these days is the thickness of the belt. There are tools available that measures the depth of the grooves in the belt to see if it needs replacing.


A worn belt can slip (squeal) or be misaligned, putting undue stress on the accessories it runs.


Now you can imagine it’s important for the belt to be tight, so there’s a tensioner pulley on your engine that puts pressure on the belt to keep it at the right tension. The spring on the tensioner wears out over time so we recommend replacing the tensioner pulley at the same time as the serpentine belt.


Replacing your serpentine belt on schedule, or when an inspection warrants it, will keep you from an unexpected breakdown.

 

Radiator & Coolant Hoses

 

Radiator and coolant hoses are vital to keep your engine from overheating. With time and use, hoses become brittle and weak. Don't wait for a failed radiator or coolant hose to leave you stranded.

 

Coolant System Components:

Radiator and Cooling System Service
  • Heater Core

  • Heater Hoses

  • Pressure Cap

  • Thermostat

  • Upper Radiator Hose

  • Radiator

  • Fan

  • Water Pump

  • Transmission Cooler

  • Lower Radiator Hose

  • Reserve Tank

  • Antifreeze


Cooling hoses should be replaced every 5 years or 100,000 miles.

 


TIMING BELTS.... WHAT ARE THEY?

Piston engines can generally be divided into two groups-Interference AND non-interference engines.
If a timing belt breaks on a non-Interference engine the engine will 'free-wheel' and the piston will not contact the valves.

On the other hand, interference engines will not 'free-wheel". Severe valve train and piston damage can result if the timing belt breaks while the engine is running.

TIMING BELT REPLACEMENT GUIDE
Most manufactures have recommended replacement Intervals for replacing timing belts. A typical service Interval in between 50,000 and 60,000 miles. It is important to replace timing belts at recommended Intervals even if the vehicle has a non-interference engine. Proper maintenance prevents expensive tow bills and possible accidents due to loss of engine power while traveling at highway speeds.

 

 

 

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Accurate Auto Care

2950 Sweetwater Ave.

Lake Havasu City, AZ 86406

Ph. 928.680.4046


 

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