For the overall performance of your vehicle, efficient non-warn belts and hoses are essential. When belts and, or hoses get warn, become stretched, or are stressed beyond their performance level; the engine can become overheated, the electrical system can fail, you can lose power steering. An overheated engine can blow out the head gaskets, can seize from thrown rods, or crack the housing causing the whole engine to need replacement. The simplest thing to do to prevent worn hoses and belts from causing these problems is to take your car in for regular check-ups since that service is no longer performed at gas stations. In the 20th century, things like belts and hoses were checked when you got a fill-up at your local service station. The attendant would check oil and under the hood things like water levels and belts and hoses for wear.
Visual Inspection of Belts and Hoses
Now it is essential for vehicle owners to either do their own inspection of hoses and belts when they do their daily oil check. A good idea is to take your vehicle to a professional like MD Auto & Tire for a checkup and oil change. The technician will notice frayed belts or weak hoses that may be like sponges when squeezed. If it has been awhile since your car has seen a professional or if you do your own oil changes and tune-ups; learn to spot worn and frayed belts. Squeeze your hoses when the engine is cool. A well-performing hose will be firm when squeezed. Worn hoses sometimes bulge when the water becomes hot from trying to cool the engine. Visual inspection and tactical squeezing are the ways these problems are normally spotted.
MD Auto & Tire Recommends Regular Checking of Belts and Hoses
Living in Vero Beach Florida, we need to stay ahead of the heat. The high humidity causes the rubber in hoses and belts to dry out and become frayed or lose their elasticity. Your professional auto technician will spot the need for renewing your belts and hoses. It may be when you carry your car in for regular fluid changes that your mechanic conveys the need for hose and belt replacement to you. Take his advice and save thousands of dollars by replacing these relatively inexpensive parts. Automotive Belts and hoses should be replaced regularly and before long trips or vacations. Nothing can ruin a vacation so fast as sitting on the side of the road waiting for road service.
MD Auto & Tire is a full-service preventive maintenance and automotive repair center. With two locations in Vero Beach, FL, we provide high quality, guaranteed automotive service you can trust at a fair price. Family-owned and operated, we use the latest diagnostic equipment to guarantee your vehicle is serviced correctly while maintaining your manufacturer’s warranty. We repair domestic and foreign vehicles and are your best choice for scheduled maintenance of your car, SUV, truck and fleet vehicles.
We only use quality replacement parts, and our technicians are ASE-certified. We specialize in putting the needs of our customers first! Call us at (772) 562-1001 in South Vero Beach or (772) 410-5562 in North Vero to schedule an appointment at either of our service centers or just stop on by at either location at the address listed on the bottom of this site.