The belts under the hood of your car or truck are responsible for everything from driving your vehicle’s alternator to keeping the timing of the valves…
The Car Salon, Tirecraft division is the leading belts and hoses repair shop in Calgary, AB. In Calgary, when a belt or hose breaks while you are out on the open road, your car or truck can stop dead in its tracks. Replacement parts for belts and hoses are not that expensive, but if you fail to schedule regular maintenance, a failure can cause disastrous and pricey repairs down the road.
Your car or truck’s timing belt is responsible for controlling the opening and closing of your engine’s valves. These valves allow air into the engine during the combustion process. Basically, a timing belt helps your vehicle’s engine maintain smooth and proper synchronization. The serpentine belt on your car or truck’s engine is responsible for maintaining complex processes involving the water pump, air conditioning, power steering, and alternator along with other important components. Over time, these belts can become cracked and oiled. They can begin to peel and even split if the belts are not checked regularly by a mechanic in Calgary, AB. The life of each belt varies depending on the model of your car or truck.
Hoses in the engine are responsible for carrying coolant throughout the radiator and the cooling system. The coolant inside these hoses keeps the engine from overheating. In fact, a leaky heater hose is the most common cause of an overheating engine. A leaky hose can also cause poor air conditioning performance and poor heater performance. If not inspected regularly, a heating hose will burst and leak coolant onto your engine. Early warning signs can be found early in cracking or hardening of the hoses.
We service all belts and hoses repairs and replacements in Calgary, AB. We have seen almost everything through the years and have some tips for spotting a belt or hose bound for failure. Our auto professionals will inspect belts for cracks that penetrate at least three inches deep into the ribbed section of the belt. These types of cracks—and especially cracks that penetrate more than halfway through the belt—justify a belt replacement. Other cracks are just part of a serpentine belt’s useful life. As a rule of thumb, hoses should be checked at least twice every year, and end up being replaced at least once every four years. Of course, a replacement may be needed more often in order to prevent bursts or leaks.
Some belts and hoses replacements can be labor intensive, which is why we recommend scheduling routine maintenance for your belts and hoses together in order to save on the service. For example, during a timing belt replacement service, the water pump is easily accessed once the timing belt is removed. Therefore, our mechanics may recommend that you replace the water pump upon replacing your timing belt. This is one way to save on the cost of labor while avoiding another timing belt replacement in the future if your water pump happens to fail at a later date.
So why wait to phone us from the side of the highway? Don’t let a broken belt or a busted hose strand you in the middle of an anticipated weekend getaway. Come visit us in Calgary, AB. for a full belt and hose inspection today.