Belts and Hoses 101

November 10th, 2016 by

Vehicle EngineYour car is a complicated mechanism full of parts that all need to work together flawlessly, or else the whole thing will fail. Your belts and hoses might be lowly, unremarkable parts, but they are absolutely essential to your vehicle. A belt or hose that fails might cause your car to perform poorly, or worse—it could cause you to break down, or even cause an accident. That’s why here at Chevrolet of Homewood we recommend you have your belts and hoses checked periodically as part of your regular maintenance schedule.

All About Belts and Hoses

The belts and hoses in your car are like the supporting actors in your favorite movie— they might not be the star of the show, but without them, you’re not getting anywhere. The unfortunate thing about your belts and hoses is that it can be a challenge to spot developing issues before they cause serious problems. Since there’s no way to easily spot wear and tear on belts and hoses, it’s important that you have an expert inspect all components at regular, manufacturer recommended times.

There are a large number of hoses and belts in your car. Some of the components that need regular attention include:

  • V- or Serpentine Belt: This belt is responsible for powering features like your alternator, water pump, cooling fans, and power steering.
  • Radiator Hoses: The radiator hoses help circulate coolant through the engine and into the radiator.
  • Bypass Hose: This hose allows cold coolant to move past the thermostat in order to allow the engine to warm up faster and maintain a cooler temperature overall.
  • Heater Hose: This system circulates hot coolant in order to heat air to heat the cabin.

Some signs that you might have issues with your hoses include: signs of leaks under your car, swollen or bulging hoses, as well as cracked or visibly damaged hoses. Signs that your belts might need work include: visible wear, cracks, or damage, or if you see any grease or oil on the belts.

Of course the best way to have your belts and hoses checked out is to schedule a service appointment online now at Chevrolet of Homewood.

Visit Chevrolet of Homewood Today

We’re happy to help with any service or maintenance need here at Chevrolet of Homewood at 18066 S. Halsted St. in Homewood, IL. We’re your local Chevrolet dealer and service center serving the Chicagoland and Calumet City area, so stop by to make sure your car is ready to hit the road!