Over time, all mechanical devices wear down and need to be adjusted or replaced, and your automobile is no exception. Checking your belts and hoses regularly is a really good idea because they support so many critical functions within the car. Belts drive processes in your engine’s carburetor, as well as the cooling system, air conditioning system, and battery charging system. Hoses carry liquids like oil, coolant, and transmission fluid to various parts of your vehicle's engine, and also transports gas refrigerant to your air conditioner. Hoses also maintain vacuums and keep pressures steady in various systems. At Northwest Best Auto Repair, our expert mechanics aim to help you avoid the potentially dangerous prospect of replacing a belt or hose after it fails, which can result in a costly repair.
Belts help drive devices like the alternator, power steering pump, and water pump. In particular, your timing belt is of massive importance because it connects both the crankshaft and camshaft to the engine, ensuring that they are operating in sync. Belt failures can cause significant problems like loss of power steering and engine seizure.
Hose failures can cause a range of problems like air-conditioning loss, an overheated engine, or harmful fluids being sprayed all over the place. While not quite as disastrous as an engine that has seized-up, such malfunctions are still inconvenient and irritating. And there is one catastrophic outcome that a hose failure can cause, and that’s your transmission grinding itself to pieces, so it pays to be vigilant! Residents of Seattle and its surrounding communities bring their cars to Northwest Best Auto Repair for a variety of reasons, and checking belts and hoses is something our mechanics do every time they lift the hood. (Just like in medicine, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.) But if you hear squealing or grinding, feel the car vibrating in an unusual way, experience backfiring, or sense your vehicle is losing power, your belts and hoses need to be examined.
Our Mechanics perform visual checks on hoses and belts for obvious signs of wear. Belts will show cracking, fraying, or worn-down “teeth.” Hoses will also show cracking, splitting, or brittleness, and might have worn or missing clamps. We also perform pressure tests on hoses to detect unseen leaks and determine if any replacements are needed. If your car’s running well and you’re not in need of our expertise, we’re happy about it! But we still recommend that but you have your vehicle’s hoses and belts checked after every 3,000 miles of driving.
It all boils down to this: Taking the time and care to inspect, maintain, and replace your automobile’s belts and hoses is relatively easy and inexpensive. Replacing them after they have failed and repairing the damage to your engine is both difficult and expensive.
So why not take the smart route and have the professionals at Northwest Best Auto Repair check your hoses and belts for you? We look forward to serving you soon!Schedule this service or call 206-420-4987