How To Check The Belt And Hoses
|HOW TO CHECK THE BELT AND HOSES|
Broken belts and hoses are among the most common causes of breakdowns. You should check your belts and hoses every time you check your motor oil.
How to Check Belts
|Check every belt in your car. When you do, pay close attention to the following:|
? Wear on the belts: Look for cracks, brittleness, fraying, or a glazed shininess.
? Wear on the pulleys: Look for spots where the belt?s rubber has built up on the metal wheels that drive the belts.
? Belt tension: Poke your finger against the longest length of the belt. The belt should give around a 1/2 inch to a full inch. No more, no less.
? Belt alignment: Make sure that the belts line up straight with the drive pulleys.
? Squealing sounds from the engine: These often indicate worn or damaged belts.
|If you see or hear any of these warning signs, take your car into a service station. Belts should be replaced once a year.|
How to Check Hoses
|The warning signs for faulty hoses are as follows; holes, cracks, oil stains, or a sweet burning smell (which comes from leaked coolant). Badly damaged hoses may even be collapsed. If you find any of these warning signs, take your car to a service station as soon as possible. Hoses should be replaced once a year.|