Belts & Hoses Service and Repair
Belts and hoses are extremely important when it comes to your vehicle’s functionality. Like all other systems in your car or truck, it is vital to get belts and hoses checked and serviced regularly to keep everything running smoothly and safely. At Kennedy Transmission, our team of highly trained mechanics understands every single belt and hose, and the important roles they play.
Types of Belts
Simply put, belts are a vital part to keep your vehicle running. Knowing when to replace your belts can be a little tricky, which is why it’s important to get them all checked regularly. A crack or breakage in any of them can result in further damage to some key components in your vehicle. Here’s a breakdown of how each belt functions:
Serpentine belt: This transports power to other components in your vehicle, and helps keep major parts running smoothly – like the alternator, air conditioning, and power steering pump. The serpentine belt is also the most common belt in today’s vehicles.
Drive belt (V-belt): Your vehicle may have a series of these belts, which all perform the same functions as a serpentine belt.
Timing belt: This is a rubber belt that makes the crankshaft turn the camshaft. What that basically means is it gets your vehicle to move. It’s important to have this inspected regularly, because if it breaks, it could result in major engine damage.
Pro Tip: Timing belts are not used in all vehicles. The serpentine or drive belts are sometimes used exclusively by a vehicle to provide all the power necessary for its accessories. Other vehicles use a combination of the serpentine and drive belts.
Types of Hoses
There are many hoses in your vehicle, each with a different function. It’s important to know and understand some of the main hoses in your car or truck, and how to tell if there’s an issue. Here are some of the most common hoses and how each one of them functions:
Power steering hose: This hose help you turn the steering wheel by carrying power steering fluid from the pump. It can be a high-pressure hose or a low-pressure hose. If you notice that it’s difficult to turn your steering wheel or you hearing groaning-like noises, it’s time to get it checked out.
Radiator hose: This is attached between the engine and the radiator. It helps move coolant throughout so your vehicle doesn’t overheat. Signs that the radiator hose may need to be replaced include your heater or air conditioner not working well, or steam coming out of your engine compartment.
Brake hose: These hoses help transfer fluid to your break lines, helping your vehicle stop. Because pressure is constantly being put on the brake hoses, it’s important to get these regularly inspected. If you notice clear fluid around your wheels, or that your brakes aren’t working properly, get this checked out immediately.
Fuel hose: This hose simply helps transfer gas from the fuel tank to the fuel pump. If your vehicle has a hard time starting or doesn’t start at all, that could be a sign of an issue with the fuel hose.
There are a number of things that can affect the wear and tear of your vehicle’s belts and hoses. Some of these include the age and mileage of your car or truck, how tense your belts are, hose clamp failure, and contaminated oil. Here’s a look at few warning signs:
- Squeaking noise from under the hood
- Coolant leaks
- Warning light on dashboard
- Air conditioning not working
- Engine overheating
We Can Fix That!
Our team of auto mechanics understands that the belts and hoses in your vehicle play an important role for the smooth operation of the engine, air conditioning, charging, and cooling systems in your vehicle. We will regularly check and inspect your belts and hoses each time your vehicle is serviced to ensure you’re staying safe on the roads. Use our shop locator to schedule an inspection at a Kennedy Transmission near you!