There are many parts at work when it comes to your vehicle. Most rely on either belts or hoses to help them do their job. In a nutshell, belts help move parts while hoses deliver liquids to and from parts.
What Are the Kinds of Belts?
A timing belt help turn the engine camshaft, keeping valves and pistons operating in sync. If you drive a newer model, though, you may have a timing chain instead.
Serpentine and drive belts move everything from power steering parts to alternator parts, water pump parts, HVAC system parts, and more.
What Do Hoses Do?
Hoses send fluid to the parts that need lubricating or cooling. Your radiator and engine are good examples of such parts. The radiator directs coolant to the engine to keep it from overheating, with the fluid returning to the radiator to be cooled again.
What are the Signs of Failing Belts and Hoses?
Inspect your belts and hoses regularly to check their condition. Look for problems like:
- Fraying belt edges
- Loose or slack belts
- Belts that are overly tightened
- Cracked hose material
- Large puddles of liquid under your vehicle
Which Belts and Hoses Should You Buy?
If you have a belt or hose that needs to be replaced, getting one made by your manufacturer guarantees the proper fit and performance you want. We make buying yours easy, since our online auto parts department is stocked with the genuine GM parts that are compatible with your make and model. Buy now to save time and money!
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