An Integral Part of Your Engine: Belts and Hoses

Belts are one of the most important moving parts in your vehicle. They work alongside your engine, fuel system, heating and air conditioning system, and more. Belts keep the various components functioning smoothly. 

One of the most important belts in your vehicle is the serpentine belt. The serpentine belt is a long belt running throughout your vehicle’s systems to keep everything operating as one holistic unit. When the belts in your vehicle become loose or worn, your engine will become severely damaged. Severe damage will cause the vehicle to stop running.  

We recommend that you have your belts inspected every time that you get your oil changed to ensure that they are fully functioning. In particular, your serpentine belt should typically last an average of 60,000 to 100,000 miles. 

An image of an engine belt.

Hoses tend to be some of the weakest structural components of your vehicle. When you neglect maintenance, poorly functioning hoses will cause many downstream problems. Hoses tend to be constructed from flexible rubber to absorb vibrations and protect the larger integral parts. However, due to their design, they can often become quickly worn.

Hoses typically last anywhere from 50,000 to 100,000 miles and will eventually dry out and become brittle after extended use.

Why Your Filters Need to be Cleaned and Replaced

The filters in your vehicle can easily get clogged, and lead to costly engine repairs. However, opting into regular maintenance can easily prevent clogs from building up. Regular maintenance will benefit your vehicle’s performance in many ways, including the following.

    • Increased fuel efficiency 
    • Lower emissions
    • Improved engine performance
    • Optimal airflow
    • Longer vehicle lifespan

    Find the Service You Need with City Auto Repair in Gainesville, FL

    Getting regular filter changes alongside routine belt and hose inspections is crucial. They serve as great defenses against extensive engine repair and breakdowns.

    Here at City Auto Repair, we know that not everyone understands the complexity of their vehicle. Most people don’t understand all that’s required to maintain it. Therefore, our mechanics offer the personal support you need to make educated decisions and put your mind at ease.

    Book an appointment today to bring your vehicle in for preventive maintenance or repair.