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Belt and Hose Vehicle Maintenance Tips at Serra Traverse City

Maintaining your Audi, Cadillac, Subaru, Toyota, Nissan, Volvo, or Volkswagen's belts and hoses is important to extend your vehicle's life. With help from Serra of Traverse City, you can ensure your safety out on the road and keep your vehicle in great shape! Your vehicle’s belts are responsible for transferring power and running accessory components, while your hoses serve the purpose of transferring fluids. Broken or damaged belts and hoses can leave your vehicle disabled, putting you in a dangerous situation. Keep reading for belt and hose vehicle maintenance tips at Serra of Traverse City. Be sure to let us know if you have any questions!

Vehicle Belt Maintenance Tips

The belts in your vehicle control the running of other important components like the alternator, power steering, AC compressor, water pump, and the timing of your engine valves’ intake and exhaust. Your vehicle has two types of belts: a timing belt, and an accessory belt, sometimes referred to as a serpentine or drive belt. It’s important to understand what each of these belts does for your vehicle and how you can maintain them.

Timing Belt

The timing belt synchronizes the rotation of the crankshaft and the camshaft. It helps the engine’s valves open and close at the right time during the cylinder’s intake and exhaust strokes. We recommend that you have your timing belt inspected every 10,000-20,000 miles, and replaced every 60,000-100,000 miles. Be sure to check your Owner’s Manual for a recommendation specific to your make and model. Some signs your timing belt needs to be inspected or replaced at Serra of Traverse City include:

  • Difficulty starting your vehicle
  • The engine is "jumping"
  • You hear a squeaking noise coming from the timing cover
  • Loss of oil pressure
  • Vehicle is disabled completely
Accessory / Drive / Serpentine Belt

This type of belt transfers power to accessories under the hood like the alternator, power steering pump, AC compressor, and water pump. As with the timing belt, we recommend checking your Owner’s Manual for the proper schedule when it comes to replacing your accessory belt. It’s a good idea to have them inspected every 10,000-20,000 miles, and have them replaced every 60,000-100,000 miles. If you can remember the last time you had your vehicle belts inspected, bring your car into the Serra of Traverse City Service Center so that our experienced service technicians can take a look. Some signs your vehicle belts need service include:

  • Disabled vehicle
  • Loss in power steering
  • Engine overheats
  • High-pitched squealing noise when accelerating

Vehicle Hose Maintenance Tips

The hoses in your vehicle are responsible for moving fluids necessary to proper vehicle performance. Be sure to follow our vehicle hose maintenance tips to ensure your safety and the longevity of your car or truck! When you bring your vehicle to the Serra of Traverse City Service Center, our professional service technicians will check for cracks and corrosion in your vehicle’s hoses.

Brake Hose

The brake hose is responsible for transferring hydraulic brake fluid from the wheel cylinder to the caliper when you engage the brake pedal. This hose is usually made of rubber to provide flexibility for the vehicle’s suspension, but can also be made of steel. If your brake hose is going bad, you may notice soft feeling brakes when driving your car.

Power Steering Hose

Power steering hoses deliver power steering fluid to the power steering rack through a hydraulic, pressurized system. This system is made up of two hoses: the high-pressure hose that delivers fluid from the pump to the rack, and the low-pressure hose that delivers fluid from the rack to the pump. If either of these hoses is damaged, you may experience difficulty steering, steering wheel vibrations while idling, leaking fluid, or squeaking noises while turning. If you have noticed any of these signs, be sure to schedule a service appointment at Serra of Traverse City.

Radiator Hose

Radiator hoses move radiator fluid around your engine to help regulate the temperature under the hood. This ensures your engine doesn’t overheat or freeze. If your radiator hose has a crack or a leak, you will notice a bright colored puddle of liquid under your vehicle, increased engine temperature, or a drop in your coolant level. You may also experience visible smoke from your engine or a sweet smell coming through your cabin vents. If this is the case, be sure to get to Serra Service Center as quickly as possible, as engine overheating can cause more serious issues down the line.

Fuel Hose

The fuel hose carries fuel from your fuel tank to your fuel pump. It is usually made of reinforced rubber, but may be made of metal or plastic. If your fuel hose is damaged, you’ll be spending more money on gas and you may notice a decrease in the overall efficiency of your vehicle. If you smell gasoline near your vehicle or you notice a puddle of gas under your car, bring your vehicle to the Serra of Traverse City Service Center, as you may need to replace your fuel hose.

Schedule Your Vehicle Belt and Hose Service Online at Serra of Traverse City

We want to make sure you’re staying safe in your vehicle at all times! Be sure to schedule your vehicle belt and hose service at Serra Traverse City online or by giving us a call. You can feel confident that your car, truck, SUV, or crossover is being well taken care of by our ASE Certified Service Technicians! Give us a call at 231-947-9000 for our Cadillac/Subaru Campus at 1747 S Garfield Ave, Traverse City, MI 49686 or 231-946-5540 for our Toyota/Audi/VW/Nissan/Volvo Campus at 1301 S Garfield Ave, Traverse City, MI 49686. We're happy to serve our neighbors right in the Cherry Capital and all of Northern Michigan!