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Don’t Forget About Your Vehicle’s Belts and Hoses Before the Winter


Winter can be harsh on a number of your vehicle’s components, including the battery, tires, and even wipers. However, one underlooked part that motorists tend to forget to check this time of the year is belts and hoses. Read on to learn more about your belts and hoses and why it is important to inspect them before winter:

With temperatures already dropping near or below freezing in Palmer, AK, you must know that your rubbery belts and hoses might not be able to withstand it. What you should do is pop open the hood to spot-check your belts and hoses, including the timing belt, accessories belt, radiator hose, and more.  In particular, you should look for the following signs:

  • Cracks or tears
  • Bulges
  • Glazing
  • Overly soft spots
  • Leaks
  • Unusual sounds (while the engine is on)

If you are concerned with the condition of your vehicle’s belts and hoses, feel free to bring your car to our auto repair shop. With our expertise and state-of-the-art equipment, we can evaluate your belts and hoses and perform replacement as soon as possible. 

There is a common misconception that engine hoses/belts are built to last for the entire life of the vehicle, or close. However, it is not the case. Extreme temperatures can add stress to your car’s belts and hoses. In some cases, you should change these brittle parts early on as a preventative measure. For instance, waiting too long could lead to a belt breakage or fluid leak from a hose. When your belts and hoses are damaged, it can put your vehicle at risk of overheating or complete engine failure. That can cost you more money in repairs down the line.

Throughout the winter, you should continue to check your belts and hoses. If you need assistance inspecting your belts and hoses or need a replacement, please visit our auto repair facility today. Feel free to give our team a call if you have any questions or concerns.

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