Belts and Hoses

Belts and Hoses
Belts and hoses are critical because serpentine belts are most often used to turn the water pump, alternator, power steering pump and air-conditioning compressor. If a belt snaps, it can leave your car inoperable; so having them regularly inspected is crucial. It is always good practice to check your owner’s manual to determine the manufacturers recommendations regarding hoses. We recommend you get your hoses inspected at the same time you get routine maintenance to stay ahead of any potential issues. A coolant/ radiator hose malfunction can result in engine overheating, creating further damage to your vehicle.


Belts and Hoses

Belts and hoses will wear over time as they are combating heat, cold, chemicals and vibration each and every time you drive your vehicle. These conditions, over time, will result in belt and hose deterioration in the form of cracking, peeling, leaking, condensation and general wear and tear.

What purpose do belts perform on my engine?

Belts play a significant and critical role in your vehicle’s daily operation. The radiator cooling fan belt, water pump belt, power steering belt, alternator belt, air conditioning compressor belt and of course the serpentine belt are each fundamental to your daily driving experience.

At Vorderman Motor Werks, we are specialists in diagnosing and repairing worn belts for import and domestic vehicles. Regardless of what year, make or model of your vehicle, our trained technicians are capable of providing exceptional service.

How often should I get my belts inspected?

The variety of vehicles and changing technology over the years makes this a difficult question to answer without knowing the year, make and model of your automobile. Your vehicle’s owner’s manual will provide the best answer to this question. It is advisable for you to have the belts inspected during routine maintenance visits.

What does a belt inspection entail?

At Vorderman Motor Werks our auto repair technicians do the following during our belt inspection process:

  • Look for glazing, softening, cracking, peeling and overall belt deterioration
  • Test belt alignment and tension
  • Note current wear and tear of belt to check on your next vehicle maintenance visit

What purpose do hoses perform on my engine?

Hoses serve the purpose of conduits, providing fluids throughout the engine. As miles and time surpass, OEM or stock hoses will wear and break down.

  • Radiator hoses or coolant hoses provides coolant to the engine to keep a consistent engine temperature
  • Fuel hose directs fuel from the fuel tank to the engine
  • Vacuum hoses for emission and fuel control
  • Brake hoses supply calipers the brake fluid
  • Turbo hoses provide boost and power
  • Windshield wiper fluid hoses perform delivery of wiper fluid to the windshield

What does a hose inspection entail?

At Vorderman Motor Werks we perform the following checks during hose inspection:

  • Inspect hoses for condensation, cracking, hardening or softening
  • Test the cooling system for leaks using pressure analysis equipment

Vorderman Motor Werks Belts and Hoses Recommendation

Belts and hoses should undergo routine examination and replacement as they are some of the most typical reasons for breakdown. If you observe a loss of power, if you feel vibrations, slides or catching, it is highly recommended to get your vehicle in for inspection. Afforded the opportunity to serve you, our service advisors and technicians will handle all your belt and hose auto repair needs here in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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