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belt and hoses

The chances of a drive belt failure rise dramatically after four years or 36,000 miles for V-belts and 50,000 miles for serpentine belts

What Is It?

Your car’s belts and hoses are essential to the cooling, air conditioning and charging systems, and the engine. Don’t take these routine replacement intervals for granted because a failure has the potential to be catastrophic.

What Does It Do?

The timing belt keeps the crankshaft and camshaft mechanically synchronized to maintain engine timing. Whether serpentine, V-belt, or fan belt (the belts on the outside of the engine), they all transmit power from the front of the engine to accessories that need to be driven, such as the air conditioning, the charging system, and fans. Radiator and heat hoses carry coolant to and from the engine, radiator, and heater core.

Typical Wear And Tear

Key items that affect the replacement interval for belts and hoses:

• Vehicle age
• Mileage
• Belt tension
• Electrolytic corrosion
• Oil contamination
• Failed hose clamps


• Squeaking noise from under the hood during start up or operation
• Coolant Leaks
• Dashboard light will illuminate
• A/C system may fail
• Engine Overheating

The belts and hoses most frequently used are:

1. Serpentine belt
2. Heater hoses
3. Lower radiator hose
4. Drive belt (V-belt)
5. Upper radiator hose
6. Timing belt

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