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Willoughby Hills Auto Repair

34801 Chardon Rd. Willoughby Hills, OH

Ph. 440-373-1438

 

 

Automotive Belts & Hoses

Most vehicle break downs today are related to belts, hoses and cooling system problems.  Today’s vehicles run hotter than ever before and have more packed into a tighter area than ever before.  Belts and hoses are prone to cracking and deterioration from the elements.  These items often can crack, leak, or fray from constant exposure to heat, vibration, and other harmful chemicals.  If not properly maintained, any one of these could spell disaster for your engine performance.  Here are some of our recommendations to ensure belt and hose quality:

 

Visual Inspection of Belts

 ● Search for clear indications of damage (cracking, glazing, softening, or peeling)

 ● Test for correct tension

 ● Test for correct alignment

 ● Record belt condition for future reference

 

Visual Inspection of Hoses

 ● Search for leaks, cracks, hardening, or softening.

 ● Test cooling system for leaks using state-of-the-art pressure technology

 ● Record hose condition for future reference

 

Get your vehicle's belts and hoses inspected on a regular basis because damaged pieces can seriously harm your vehicle. Research shows that while most people get regular oil changes, they neglect the condition of their belts and hoses. A leaking hose or a cracked belt will cause you more trouble than an overdue oil change ever will.

 

 

Cooling System

 

Radiator

 

Radiator Hose

 

Heater Hose

 

Fuel Hose

 

Power Steering Hose

 

Heater Core

 

Engine Coolant

 

Power Steering Pump

 

Timing Belt

 

Serpentine Belt

 

Alternator

 

Water Pump

 

Power Steering Pump

 

A/C Compressor

 

Radiator Cooling Fan

 

Steering Gear

 

Electrical Charging System

 

 

Below are brief descriptions of some of the different belts and hoses we inspect:

 

Drive Belts:

The engine drives some of your vehicle's accessories. Instead of being supplied by electric power, these accessories rely on a series of pulleys and belts to operate. Some of these accessories include:

 

 ● Power steering pump

 ● Alternator

 ● Air conditioning compressor

 ● Radiator cooling fan

 ● Water pump

 

Some vehicles require a single serpentine belt to power these accessories (as opposed to several individual belts).

Accessory Drive Belts

While some accessories in your car are electrically powered by the charging system, others use the engine itself as their power source. The power for these accessories is delivered by a system of pulleys and belts. Examples of these accessories are:

  • Cooling System InspectionAlternator

  • Water Pump for engine cooling

  • Power Steering Pump

  • Air Conditioning Compressor

  • Radiator Cooling Fan

  • Many late model cars use a single serpentine belt in place of individual belts to drive these accessories.

Hoses:

If you think of hoses as your vehicle's circulatory system, then you'll have an appropriate representation of their importance. Hoses are composed of two rubber layers with fabric in between. Types of hoses vary on make and model, but typically include:

 

 ● Fuel hose (sends gasoline from the gas tank to the engine)

 ● Radiator and Heater Hoses - These hoses convey coolant to the engine and heater core.

 ● Power steering hose (connects power steering pump to steering equipment)

 

Serpentine Belt

You know that long belt that snakes around the front of your engine? It’s called the serpentine belt. The serpentine belt is driven by the engine as it turns. It powers your alternatorair conditioning compressor, and power steering pump. On some vehicles it also runs the water pumpradiator fan, and power brakes. Sounds like a lot of important stuff doesn’t it?overheating hose and belt replacement


If your serpentine belt were to break on one of our roads, your battery would die in a few miles. If it runs your fan or water pump, your engine could overheat. And steering and braking could be more difficult. Obviously, the best thing is to replace your serpentine belt before it breaks.


Check your owner’s manual for when it’s recommended that you replace your serpentine belt – or just ask our service advisor for assistance. We can inspect the belt as well to see if it’s in trouble.


You may have been told by a service advisor to look for cracks in your belt to see if it needs to be replaced. Of course, cracks are still a concern, but modern belt material doesn’t crack as often as old belts did. What we look for these days is the thickness of the belt. There are tools available that measures the depth of the grooves in the belt to see if it needs replacing.


A worn belt can slip (squeal) or be misaligned, putting undue stress on the accessories it runs.


Now you can imagine it’s important for the belt to be tight, so there’s a tensioner pulley on your engine that puts pressure on the belt to keep it at the right tension. The spring on the tensioner wears out over time so we recommend replacing the tensioner pulley at the same time as the serpentine belt.


Replacing your serpentine belt on schedule, or when an inspection warrants it, will keep you from an unexpected breakdown.

 

Radiator & Coolant Hoses

 

Radiator and Cooling System ServiceRadiator and coolant hoses are vital to keep your engine from overheating. With time and use, hoses become brittle and weak. Don't wait for a failed radiator or coolant hose to leave you stranded.

 

Coolant System Components:

  • Heater Core

  • Heater Hoses

  • Pressure Cap

  • Thermostat

  • Upper Radiator Hose

  • Radiator

  • Fan

  • Water Pump

  • Transmission Cooler

  • Lower Radiator Hose

  • Reserve Tank

  • Antifreeze


Cooling hoses should be replaced every 5 years or 100,000 miles.

 


TIMING BELTS.... WHAT ARE THEY?

Piston engines can generally be divided into two groups-Interference AND non-interference engines.
If a timing belt breaks on a non-Interference engine the engine will 'free-wheel' and the piston will not contact the valves.

On the other hand, interference engines will not 'free-wheel". Severe valve train and piston damage can result if the timing belt breaks while the engine is running.

TIMING BELT REPLACEMENT GUIDE
Most manufactures have recommended replacement Intervals for replacing timing belts. A typical service Interval in between 50,000 and 60,000 miles. It is important to replace timing belts at recommended Intervals even if the vehicle has a non-interference engine. Proper maintenance prevents expensive tow bills and possible accidents due to loss of engine power while traveling at highway speeds.

 


Timing Belt

 

Question:
My friend had a broken timing belt and it was very expensive to repair his engine. What can I do to avoid a broken timing belt?

 

Willoughby Hills Auto Repair Answer:
Well, a broken timing belt can lead to one of the most expensive engine repairs Willoughby Ohio auto owners will ever face. The good news is that replacing your timing belt on its recommended schedule can help avoid those problems. Here’s a brief overview of what the timing belt does:timing belt replacement willoughby ohio

 

Air is drawn into the cylinder of the engine through the intake valves. After the air and fuel mixture is burned, it’s pushed out through the exhaust valves. The timing belt, which is driven by the engine, turns the camshafts which control when the intake and exhaust valves open and close. It is essential that the opening and closing of the valves take place at exactly the right time for the engine to run properly.

 

Beyond that, on some sedan engines the valves actually extend into the combustion chamber far enough that they can be hit by the piston as it moves up and down in the cylinder. When everything is timed just right – no problem. When the timing is off, the piston will slam into the valves and cause big (costly) damage for Willoughby Hills car owners.

 

The timing belt makes sure everything is timed just right. However, the belt does have a useful life. Beyond that it can break or slip – and that’s when the damage can be done. If your vehicle has a timing belt (some have metal timing chains) it will have a recommended interval for replacing it, typically in the 60,000 to 90,000 mile range. Be sure to check your owner’s manual or with your Willoughby Hills Auto Repair tech to make sure you know when your timing belt needs to be replaced: there is a lot at stake.

 

Now, getting to the timing belt requires a lot of labor so it is an expensive service item, but it is certainly less costly than repairing a damaged engine. If your timing belt drives your water pump, change them both at the same time to save labor costs down the road. Ask your Willoughby Hills Auto Repair service specialist when your timing belt should be changed and get an estimate for what it will cost so you can budget for this vital service.

 


 

Serpentine Belt

 

Question:
My Willoughby Hills Auto Repair service advisor said I need a new serpentine belt but I don’t see any cracks in it. Does it really need to be replaced?

 

Willoughby Hills Auto Repair Answer:
I appreciate your concern. Old style neoprene belts would crack with age, making it pretty obvious to Willoughby Ohio car owners when they needed to be replaced. Nowadays, serpentine belts are made from a different material that doesn’t crack or glaze the way neoprene did.Serpentine Belt Willoughby Ohio

 

Stepping back, the serpentine belt transfers power from the engine to various essential accessories like the alternator, power steering pump, and air conditioning compressor – even the power brakes and water pump on some vehicles. Modern serpentine belts have several grooves running their length. These grooves mate with the pulleys on the accessories. When the belt is within its useful life, it spins the accessories at the designed speed.

 

Over time, belt material is worn away. When as little as 5% of the material is lost, the belt can slip and not properly spin the accessories leading to detrimental stress and pricey damage.

 

Using a special tool, your caring Willoughby Hills Auto Repair service professional can measure the material lost in your serpentine belt. He will find out if it needs to be replaced.

 

It’s vital for Willoughby Hills drivers to understand that the serpentine belt is part of the accessory belt drive system which also includes the serpentine belt tensioner and any idler pulleys. The belt tensioner has the same service life as the belt itself, so if it is time to replace the belt, you should also replace the tensioner and idler pulleys as well.

 

A worn belt tensioner can cause belt slip and enough belt-slap to really hammer the accessory upstream from the tensioner. Running too long with a worn belt, tensioner, or idler pulleys often causes excessive heat at the accessory pulleys, resulting in inefficiency, pricey damage and premature replacement.

 

Willoughby Hills Auto Repair in Willoughby Hills Ohio can perform an inspection to see if your belt or tensioner is worn and should be replaced. Ask your tech if it’s time for a serpentine belt system replacement.

 

 

 

 

Willoughby Hills Auto Repair is a Car and Light Truck repair shop providing automobile service for foreign & domestic cars

TUNE UPS, OIL CHANGE SERVICES, VEHICLE MAINTENANCE, BRAKE SERVICE, CLUTCH REPAIRS, AIR CONDITIONING' ELECTRONIC TESTING, EXHAUST SYSTEMS, FRONT END WORK, REPLACE LIGHTS, TRANSMISSION FLUSH, COOLANT SERVICE, FILTERS, COMPUTER DIAGNOSTICS, VEHICLE FLUIDS, CHASSIS LUBE, WIPER BLADES, BATTERIES, BELTS & HOSES, TRANSMISSION SERVICE, TIRES, WHEEL ALIGNMENT. Serving Northeast Ohio, Cuyahoga County, Lake County & Geauga County. City of Cleveland, Willoughby & Willoughby Hills, Mentor, Kirtland & Kirtland Hills, Waite Hill, Wickliffe, Mayfield & Mayfield Village, Euclid, Highland Heights, Gates Mills, Chardon, South Euclid and surrounding areas.

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Willoughby Hills Auto Repair - automobile service for foreign & domestic cars in Mentor, Euclid, Mayfield, Kirtland, for tires, brakes, tune up, exhaust, fluid flush, battety service, coolant systems and more

Willoughby Hills Auto Repair

34801 Chardon Rd. Willoughby Hills, OH

Ph. 440-373-1438

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