When Do You Need A Serpentine Belt Repair? And What About Coolant Hoses?
When you start your car up in the morning, does your car squeal at you? If it does, your serpentine belt or belts might need to be replaced. Your serpentine belt is what connects your power steering, water pump, alternator, and air conditioning to the crankshaft on the engine, which then transfers power back to those components. Some of the common symptoms of a serpentine belt that has broken could be the battery light on, a lack of power steering, and engine overheating. If any of those are going, your serpentine belt repair might be needed.
Coolant hoses are the veins of your car’s body. When your car’s engine is running it created a large amount of heat. Your coolant hoses make sure the coolant flows properly and cools your engine to its optimal temperature. There are multiple hoses connecting your radiator to your water pump, throttle body, and heater core. If any of these hoses were to burst or leak, the engine would loose coolant causing the car to overheat, and possibly do major damage to the engine. Common symptoms of coolant hoses needing to be replaced can be hard or crunching hoses, heater not working correctly, coolant leaking, steam coming from the engine bay, or bulges and cracking of the hoses.
Coolant hoses and serpentine belts are both made from rubber and we make sure to check them with every oil change. Coolant hoses should be replaced at the same time as your timing belt, or when the manufacturer recommends. If you are not sure about the condition of your hoses or serpentine belts, contact us and we will make sure everything is working correctly.