Belts and hoses move the many parts of a vehicle. In fact, there are about as many of the former as the latter has major systems. How both work is pretty simple.
What Do Belts Do?
They move parts mechanically -- in other words, by the movements of other parts. Two main examples are:
- Serpentine and drive belts, which move parts in your alternator, power steering system, and more
- Timing belts and chains, which rotate your camshaft, synchronizing your engine valves and pistons
What Do Hoses Do?
Hoses move parts hydraulically -- in other words, using the pressure created by transferring fluids. Several primary examples are:
- Radiator hoses, which move coolant from your radiator to your engine and back
- Heater core hoses, which pass coolant through your HVAC, helping warm your cabin
- Fuel hoses, which connect your engine and gas tank if you're driving an older vehicle.
- Brake hoses, which move brake fluid through a network of lines to brake calipers and brake pads, clamping them to brake rotors
Your vehicle has even more belts and hoses where these came from. However, either or both can go bad, either from age or use.
What Are the Signs of Belts and Hoses Going Bad?
- Visible damage
- Squeaky belts
- Leaky hoses
- Car battery problems
- Malfunctioning interior lighting
- A misfiring engine
- An overheating engine
- Systems failures
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