Belt and Hose Vehicle Maintenance & Fall Car Care Service at Graff Durand
Without belts and hoses, your vehicle would be rendered useless. That’s why it’s important to maintain the belts and hoses in your car, truck, SUV, or crossover. At Graff Durand, your safety is our top priority! We want to make it a point to remind you to include belt and hose service inspections in your Fall Car Care routine! Like all car parts, routine maintenance on belts and hoses is necessary to uphold the proper functions of your vehicle. Over time, your belts and hoses can become cracked, frayed, and worn, so be sure to include them in your next vehicle inspection or service.
Fall in Michigan is a time of drastic weather changes, making your vehicle’s belts and hoses especially crucial during Fall Car Care due to the fluctuation in temperature that can cause damage to critical vehicle components. Extreme hot and cold temperature swings can leave auto belts prone to wear and cracking. Keep reading for more information on how the belts and hoses work within your car, why they’re important, and the warning signs you have a problem with your vehicle.
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Vehicle Belt Service Tips
Your car uses belts to control the operation of components like the AC compressor, alternator, water pump, power steering, and the timing of the engine valve’s intake and exhaust. If your timing belt or accessory belt becomes broken, your vehicle will be completely disabled. While damaged belts can still operate, they can potentially cause the engine to overheat, so it is important to have your vehicle belts inspected during Fall Car Care to ensure your continued safety. Explore our vehicle belt service tips below to learn how to best care for your belts!
Your car uses two crucial belts to function. One is called the timing belt, the other is the accessory or serpentine belt.
Timing Belt:This belt regulates and synchronizes the rotation of the camshaft and the crankshaft. This means that it helps the engine’s valves open and close at the right speed during the cylinder’s intake and exhaust strokes. Some vehicles are equipped with a timing chain rather than a belt. It is recommended that you change your timing belt at 60,000-100,000 miles, and your Owner’s Manual can give you more specific guidelines for your vehicle. Indicators of a worn timing belt include:
- Rattling noises coming from the front of the engine
- Squeaking from the timing cover
- The engine “jumps”
- Plastic camshaft gear pieces appear in your oil pan
- Loss of oil pressure (as a result of camshaft gear pieces in oil pan)
- Difficulty starting the car
- Disabled vehicle
Accessory or Serpentine Belts: These belts are responsible for powering other parts of your car, truck, or SUV. Your vehicle will have one or two of these belts – either one serpentine belt or two accessory belts. Serpentine belts are a certain style of accessory belt, and are named so because they “snake” around a variety of pulleys in the engine of your vehicle, in order to bring power to other parts of the car.
You should have your serpentine or accessory belts inspected between 10,000-20,000 miles and have them replaced between 60,000-100,000 miles. However, refer to your Owner’s Manual for more specific guidelines for your vehicle. We invite you to bring your vehicle to the Graff Chevrolet Durand Service Center where one of our ASE Certified technicians can inspect your belts for any cracks or fraying. Premature wear on your belts can be caused by water, heat, oil leaks, and dirt from the road. Signs your accessory or serpentine belt may be worn include:
- Squeaking or high-pitched noise when accelerating
- Engine overheating
- Loss of power steering
- Completely Disabled vehicle
Vehicle Hose Service Tips
Hoses are used in your vehicle to transport fluids throughout your car. All vehicle hoses will wear over time, and should be replaced in the case of a crack or a leak. Consider your auto hoses during Fall Car Care, as the seasonal temperature change can cause untimely wear on your vehicle’s hoses. Below we'll discuss each hose and provide service tips.
Radiator Hose - Your vehicle’s radiator hose is considered one of the most important hoses in your car. This hose is responsible for transporting coolant to regulate the engine temperature. Coolant keeps the engine from overheating, preventing serious damage to your vehicle. If the radiator hose is leaking, your engine could smoke, overheat, or leak fluid on the ground under your car. A leak can cause a drastic drop in coolant level which can have an effect on your engine's function and efficiency. Bring your car to Graff Chevrolet Durand during your Fall Car Care preparations to have one of our service technicians perform a thorough inspection. Radiator hoses should last up to five years, but your Owner’s Manual will outline when to have them serviced based on your vehicle make, model, and year.
Power Steering Hoses - This hose carries power steering fluid to the power steering rack through a hydraulic system. The power steering system has two hoses: the high-pressure hose, usually made of metal, and the low-pressure hose, typically made of rubber. The high-pressure hose carries fluid from the pump to the rack, and the low-pressure hose carries fluid the opposite direction. If either of these hoses are leaking, you may experience difficulty steering, fluid leaks, vibrations in your steering wheel while idling, or a squeaky noise while turning. While the recommended schedule for replacing power steering hoses is not fixed, you should have them checked regularly to ensure the proper function of your vehicle.
Brake Hose - Depending on the type of vehicle you drive, your car could be equipped with metal brake lines, or rubber brake hoses. Rubber brake hoses are more commonly used since they provide more flexibility for the car’s suspension. Both, however, serve the same purpose of allowing you to stop the car by pressing the brake pedal. The brake hose transfers brake fluid from the wheel cylinder to the calipers. Signs of a broken brake hose include soft brakes or loss of ability to brake. Having your brake hoses inspected during your Fall Car Care preparations will help ensure that you stay safe on the road!
Schedule Your Vehicle Belt and Hose Service Inspection at Graff Chevrolet in Durand, MI
At Graff Chevrolet Durand, your safety is our priority! As the cold weather approaches, don’t get stuck in a bad situation because you didn’t check your belts and hoses! Schedule your belt and hose inspection or service at Graff Chevrolet in Durand, MI where our ASE Certified technicians will take great care of your vehicle. We’ve created our Fall Car Care Guide to assist you in your seasonal maintenance process! Be sure to take a look at our routine maintenance pages as well for further car care tips! You can save time by scheduling an appointment online or by calling (866) 529-1655! Stop by our Durand dealership if you have any questions or concerns about your vehicle, and one of our experienced staff members would be happy to assist you! We are located at 9009 East Lansing Road in Durand, MI 48429. We are proud to provide transparent service to Durand and the surrounding communities of Owosso, Flint, Genesee Charter Township, Swartz Creek, and Corunna.