Your vehicle has many moving parts at work. Each of them depends on either belts or hoses to help them operate at peak performance. Put simply, belts help parts move while hoses deliver the liquids that lubricate or cool parts as needed.
The Types of Belts
There are three kinds of belts that help parts move. Your timing belt is the notched belt that helps the crankshaft turn the engine camshaft and keeps the two synchronized. It also helps to keep parts from banging against each other. When it fails, your engine will stop running almost immediately. If you drive a newer model, though, your vehicle may have a timing chain instead.
You also have serpentine and drive belts. Serpentine belts work with the tensioner, crank pulley, and idler pulley to move parts like your power steering and alternator. Drive belts run off the crank pulley and help move the water pump and other parts. If either of these breaks, you generally have a small window of time to address the issue.
What Hoses Do
Hoses run fluid to and from parts that need lubricating or cooling. Your radiator and engine are examples of parts that use hoses. The radiator sends coolant to the engine to keep it from overheating, with the fluid returning to the radiator via hoses as well.
Signs of Belt or Hose Failure
- Frayed belt edges
- Loose or slack belts
- Belts that are too tight
- Cracks in the hose material
- Large pools of liquid underneath your vehicle
Genuine OEM Belts and Hoses Work Best
If you have a belt or hose that needs to be replaced, your best choice is to use a new one from your manufacturer. Since they were made specifically to work with your model, you enjoy a guaranteed fit and performance that no other can provide. Our online auto parts center is well stocked with the parts you need. Buy now and save!
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