Maintenance considerations for timing belts and cooling hoses
Timing belts and cooling hoses are made of rubber. And because they are subject to high-heat, high-pressure environments, they are prone to cracking, weakening and softening.
In comparison to the rest of the equipment in your vehicle, belts and hoses have a relatively short lifespan. Because your serpentine belts and cooling hoses work in conjunction to make your engine maintain proper temperature, this can spell disaster for your car.
Ideally, you should schedule serpentine belt and cooling hose replacements about every 60-100,000 miles, or as recommended by you owner’s manual. Proper hose and belt maintenance is just as important as regular oil changes—if your timing belt or hose fails, so will your engine. And it will cost you more than an overdue oil change ever will.
When it’s time to repair your timing belts or cooling hoses, Telle Tire & Auto Centers can help. For 80 years and four generations, the Telle family has understood the importance of providing strong value through quality products and services. Our ASE-certified technicians provide trusted excellence built on generations of long-term relationships and proven excellence.
See what our past clients have to say, or come in and see for yourself. From basic maintenance to comprehensive diagnostics and full engine repair, Telle Tire & Auto Centers are your one-stop-shop with you every mile of the way.
Timing and serpentine belt service: Why proper maintenance is important.
Many parts of your engine—power steering, alternators, compressors, cooling fans and water pumps—rely on a system of pulleys and belts to operate. Whether your car uses individual belts or a single serpentine belt, belt damage can lead to serious engine damage.
This is why regular visual inspections are necessary. During a visual inspection, the Telle Tire & Auto Center team will first look for signs of damage (i.e., cracking, glazing, softening or peeling). If we notice tension or alignment problems, we will correct them on the spot. For future reference, we will record your belt condition in our system.
You can request to have us look at your belt during your annual tune-up. You might, however, need to bring your car in sooner if you notice any of these signs of serpentine belt damage:
- Your car won’t start, or misfires
There are, of course, many possible car problems that prohibit your engine from turning over. One good indication that the problem stems from timing belt damage is if you hear the motor start to engage, but the engine won’t fully turn over or spins rapidly without engaging. This is because the timing belt operates your camshaft and crankshaft, which help to power your engine.No matter what is causing your car not to start, you should take your car in. If it’s due to a broken timing belt, though, it could point to significant engine damage.
- Your car is leaking oil
An oil leak could indicate that something inside of your timing cover is worn out or failing. The timing cover is intended to keep debris, dust and gravel from damaging your timing belt and other timing components. When any of the components under the timing cover fail, oil can leak from your engine block.
Maintain your radiator or cooling hose to prevent engine failure
If your cooling hose is ruptured, your engine will quickly overheat. And, because cooling hoses are made of rubber, they are liable to crack or weaken because of the high heat and pressure environments they are subjected to.
As with timing belts, it is recommended to have your cooling hose checked regularly. At Telle Tire & Auto Centers, we will first search for any leaks or cracks. Then we will check for hardening or softening rubber, which can make your hoses more brittle or weak.
We’ll use our state-of-the-art pressure technology to test your cooling system, and record all information we find in our system for future reference.
The Telle Difference
Telle Tire & Auto Centers have been servicing St. Louis cars for over 80 years. Over the years we’ve perfected the science of automotive repair and the art of serving customers. We require the most out of our employees while catering to our customer’s every need.
We offer the best warranties in the business. And, while you wait for us to complete your A/C repair, feel free to help yourself to coffee and snacks. If you need us to, we’ll drive you to and from work.
That’s the Telle Difference.