Westgate High-Tech Auto Care

12300 W. Center Rd., Omaha, Nebraska 68144
Phone: (402) 397- 8144

 

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Monday-Friday: 7:45am-6pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

 

 

 

Automotive Belts & Hoses

 

Exposure to heat, vibration and contamination makes belts and hoses wear out faster than any other components in your car. That's why regular inspections are so important. Here are the belt and hose types in your car, along with their applications.

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:

  • 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

The hoses that convey your car's fluids are made of two rubber layers with a layer of fabric in between. Typical hoses include:

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

  • Fuel Hose - As the name implies, this hose transports gasoline from the tank to the engine.

  • Power Steering Hose - It connects the power steering pump to the steering gear.

Serpentine Belt

 

Cooling system check, Inspection of radiator hoses and fluids along with timing and serpentine beltYou know that long belt that snakes around the front of your engine? Itís 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 doesnít it?


If your serpentine belt were to break on one of our Northeast Ohio 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 ownerís manual for when itís recommended that you replace your serpentine belt Ė or just ask a service advisor at Royal Car Care & Tire Center. We can inspect the belt as well to see if itís 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 doesnít 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.

ned, putting undue stress on the accessories it runs.


Now you can imagine itís important for the belt to be tight, so thereís 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.

 

Also See: Serpentine Belt Replacement

 

 


 

Timing Belt Repair & Maintenance

Letís address a very important maintenance item Ė timing belt replacement. Itís important because letting this one slide can lead to very expensive engine damage.

Your timing belt choreographs the timing of your combustion process. Your pistons travel up and down in the cylinder. Intake valves open at the right time to let in air and fuel, they close at the right time to allow the fuel to burn and then the exhaust valves open at the right time to let out the exhaust.

All this happens thousands of times a minute and itís your timing belt that makes sure the valves are opening and closing at precisely the right time. If the timing is off, your engine wonít run. And thatís the best case.

The worst case is that a valve is opening at the wrong time and collides with the piston. The result is bent valves and maybe even more damage to the cylinder head. Repairs can run several thousand dollars.

Now, timing belts just wear out naturally so you want to replace a worn belt before it slips or breaks. Check your ownerís manual or with your service advisor to see when they recommend you replace the timing belt. If youíve never replaced your timing belt and have 60,000 or more miles on the clock, talk with your service advisor right away to see if youíre due.

On some engines, the water pump is driven by the timing belt as opposed to the serpentine belt. If thatís the case, itís a good idea to replace the water pump when youíre replacing the timing belt, and vice versa since much of the same work has to be done for either. The same is true for the timing belt tensioner Ė it should be inspected and possibly replaced.

Now, replacing a timing belt is one of the more expensive routine maintenance items on your service schedule. But not replacing your timing belt can lead to some of the most expensive repairs youíre likely to ever have.

 

Also See: Timing Belt Replacement

 

 

 


Radiator & Coolant Hoses

 

Radiator and Cooling System ServiceRadiator 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:

  • 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Westgate High-Tech Auto Care

12300 W. Center Road

Omaha, Nebraska 68144
Ph: (402) 397- 8144

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