Bakersfield heat can cause some serious wear and tear to belts and hoses! Exposure to heat, vibration and contamination makes belts and hoses wear out faster than any other components in your car. Serious issues are easily avoided with a quick belts and hose inspection. Our mechanics at G&G Auto Repair value your time, and that’s why we make quick work replacing belts and hoses so you can be on your way and back to your day to day!
Regular inspections and routine maintenance are so important, especially in the Bakersfield heat. Damaged belts can cause mechanical parts to cease functioning properly, as well as cause safety concerns. Damaged hoses cause leaks, resulting in wasted fluids and messy spills in you driveway and garage. We do stress the importance of avoiding small problems through routine maintenance. We find that easy repairs often spiral out of control when not addressed.
Here are the belt and hose types in your car, along with their applications:
Accessory Drive Belts
While some accessories in your car are electrically powered by the charging system, others use the engine itself as their power source. The power for these accessories is delivered by a system of pulleys and belts.
Examples of these accessories are:
- Water Pump for engine cooling
- Power Steering Pump
- Air Conditioning Compressor
- Radiator Cooling Fan
The hoses that convey auto fluids are made of two rubber layers with a layer of fabric in between.
Typical hoses include:
- Radiator and Heater Hoses – These hoses convey coolant to the engine and heater core.
- Fuel Hose – As the name implies, this hose transports gasoline from the tank to the engine.
- Power Steering Hose – It connects the power steering pump to the steering gear.