You don’t have to wait until your car stops working properly before you replace its belts and hoses. With a simple routine inspection every other oil change, you can stay one step ahead and replace the belt or hoses as soon as you spot damage. Here’s what to do.
Drive belts: To inspect your drive belt, lift the hood of your car and locate the rubber belt. You will want to look for signs of wear such as large cracks, missing pieces or fraying. If the belt looks glossy or glazed, it could slip on the pulley. Any of these symptoms are signs of damage. Have a mechanic replace the belt as soon as possible.
Hoses: Just like drive belts, you’ll want to open your hood and check for cracks or missing chunks on the hoses. You should also pinch the hose and feel if it is brittle or mushy. If any of your hoses are too hard or are too soft, they will need to be replaced. Otherwise the damage will become worse and the hoses will eventually break.
Prevent expensive repairs by inspecting your belts and hoses regularly. When you need either your drive belt or hoses replaced, bring your vehicle to the experts at Fiat Minneapolis.
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