Belts and hoses are the primary moving parts of your vehicle’s engine. While they are small parts of your vehicle’s engine, they are essential to its movement, and if they fail, it could stop the entire engine.
One of the major belts within your fleet vehicle’s engine is the timing belt, which is part of the valve component within your engine. Typically, timing belts last between 60,000 and 100,000 miles, but this could vary by vehicle. If the timing belt breaks while the engine is running, it can cause costly damage; therefore, you should always replace the timing belt before it is too late.
Serpentine belts are essential to the electrical aspect of your vehicle. Because they are part of the electrical system and are exposed to high levels of heat, these belts can develop cracks over time, which may lead to breakage. If your vehicle’s serpentine belt breaks, it can make steering difficult and even cause the engine to overheat. In order to prevent this, you should have your serpentine belts inspected regularly.
Coolant hoses are flexible hoses that run between the radiator and the engine. They carry coolant from the radiator and to the engine, regulating the engine’s temperature and preventing overheating. If coolant hoses collapse or deteriorate, they need to be replaced in order to help ensure your vehicle’s engine does not overheat.
The expert team at Southwest Power Systems will always check your vehicle’s belts and hoses during our preventative maintenance inspections in order to make sure they are in top condition. If your vehicle’s belts or hoses fail unexpectedly, you can also count on Southwest Power Systems to provide fast service to get your vehicle back on the road and running as it should.