Over time, the belts will start to wear because of heat, oil, and abrasion. Vehicles have a single multi-grooved serpentine belt that drives the alternator, water pump, or power steering pump. If the belt starts to show signs of excessive wear, make sure to replace it as soon as possible. Some belts will not show signs of wear until complete failure occurs.
The belts should be inspected for cracks, fraying, or splits. Also look for signs of glazing on the belt’s sides. If the belts are glazed, they could overheat and crack. If missing chunks of the grooves on the underside are visible, make sure to replace the belt as soon as you can. When replacing the belts, make sure they are identical in length, width, and number of grooves. Signs of a problem with the belt tension can include a high pitched chirp or whine sound. You may also notice vibration noises. Without the proper tension, belts will slip and fail to turn the other parts.
The hoses are made of flexible rubber compounds to absorb vibrations between the engine and radiator. The hoses are also subjected to the fluctuating extremes of heat, cold, dirt, and sludge. Make sure to check the coolant reservoir to ensure proper fluid amounts. If you notice that the tank needs to be filled more than usual, there is probably a leak. There can also be an issue with the hose if you notice a collapsed section. Anytime you notice an issue with your vehicle, make sure to schedule an appointment so we can inspect the parts and components for you. This will help you to have a safe and reliable vehicle on the road.