Belts and hoses are the kind of parts that are constantly exposed to heat, vibration, and harmful chemicals. So it's no wonder that they crack, peel, wear out and leak. You may be able to postpone an oil change here and there (though we don't recommend it), but overlook the condition of belts and hoses and you're bound to pay the price. These parts must be checked regularly. Just keeping an occasional "eye" on them isn't enough.
The power steering pump, alternator, air conditioning compressor, radiator cooling fan, water pump are just some of the belts we inspect. Please note: most older vehicles have a single serpentine belt powering these accessories (as opposed to several individual belts). And here's how we inspect them:
Hoses are made up of two rubber layers with a layer of fabric in between. Hoses are the conduits that keep car fluids getting to their correct destination. The kinds of hoses a vehicle has vary by make and model, but basically you'll find these hoses in every car:
Hoses are critical to the health of your car. For this reason, we inspect hoses thoroughly: