Maintaining Your Cars’ Supports, Hoses, Belts and Clamps

 

Checking and or replacing or refilling your cars vehicles is a routine task; but along with checking the fluids, another routine task should be checking the conditions of all belts, hoses, clamps and car supports.

Failure or weakness of any of these car parts can cause even more serious damage that may require the car repair of a professional auto mechanic. For example: a belt failure can result in an overheated engine or loss of other important engine functions, if a hose is leaking the antifreeze or coolant the cooling system of the engine will fail and thus the engine will overheat, an overheated engine can result in very costly car repairs.

Essential belts and hoses are typically made of rubber, causing them to be weak parts- they can change in various weather conditions. The constant fluctuation causes greater weakness, resulting in cracks or breaking or tiny pinholes developing in the rubber.

Easy maintenance will prevent serious damage and overheating to your engine.
The very best car care you can provide to hoses and belts is simply to inspect them visually as often as you can, but on a regular basis. Look for any cracks or holes or leakage coming from hoses. Also look for any possible bulges in the hoses.  Any cracked or otherwise damaged hoses should be replaced as soon as possible. You should also inspect the hose clamps. Are they tight enough? Are they developing rust?  Are there any defects visible? If so then you will need to replace the clamps as well. If your engine is hot when you are inspecting then use extreme caution when checking. You should also touch the hoses, give them a gentle squeeze. If they are weak they will collapse from the squeeze, strong hoses are typically firm, hard rubber and take a lot of pressure to squeeze. If your hoses are weakened, they will need to be replaced.  Be sure to check the bends in the hoses where cracks are more susceptible.

When replacing the belts, hoses or clams yourself be sure you purchase an identical part (length, width and number of grooves should match exactly.) A typical auto parts store can provide the appropriate part for you, based on the year of the car, the make and the model typically a car parts shop will assist you in car care and making sure you have purchased the precise replacement parts.   Be sure to consult your owners’ manual prior to performing any auto repair yourself.

 
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