Belts & Hoses: Understanding Signs of Trouble

Every part of your car does something important. It’s not just the engine, alternator, radiator, exhaust, or electrical system that can cause major issues. It’s also the belts and hoses connecting those components. These hoses and belts can crack after extreme heat or cold exposure. They may swell, split, burst, or leak, causing problems for major components of your vehicle.

The three components that often have these issues include timing belts, serpentine belts, and coolant hoses. Timing belts are responsible for synchronizing several components of your engine. Without this belt, your engine may backfire or fail. Serpentine belts provide the charge for your power steering, so if this fails, you could find yourself in a dangerous situation. Leaks in your coolant hose lead to the loss of air conditioning, but the chemical exposure to your engine could damage several components.

This is why it’s so important to have your car checked every 3,000 miles. If you notice screeching, overheating, vibrating, or other faults, it’s time to check your car at Lithia Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT of Helena. We are conveniently located in Helena, MT and offer the best service rates.

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