Maintenance Tips

Belts and Hoses

Your car has one or more belts that drive the accessories such as alternator, power steering pump, water pump and air conditioning compressor. Over time these belts wear and can break if not inspected at regular intervals. Older cars may have v-belts but most newer cars have a single poly-v belt, sometimes called a serpentine belt, that drive all the accessories. We prefer to use a visual inspection of your belts to determine when to replace them, however most will require replacement at every 50,000 to 60,000 miles. If a belt breaks the alternator will stop charging the battery, you will loose your power steering and engine overheating may result because the water pump is not operating.

Many of today’s engines also have a timing belt. This is a very important belt used to drive the camshaft in the engine and needs to be replaced when the manufacturer recommends or in many cases severe engine damage can result from a timing belt failure.

The hoses referred to here are engine coolant hoses. Coolant used to cool your engine circulate through these hoses, they include radiator hoses, heater hoses and may have a by-pass hose. They connect to the engine, radiator, water pump and heater. If one of these hoses gets weak with age and starts to leak a loss of engine coolant can result in overheating leading to severe engine damage.

Periodic inspection as recommended by your cars manufacturer is important to prevent problems. We have all the recommended maintenance schedules for your car.

If you have any questions about your car’s belts, hoses or are experiencing a squealing noise, feel free to give us a call.

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  • If you have a question, please feel free to contact us:

    Harlan's Automotive
    2030 P Street
    Lincoln, NE 68503

    Phone: (402) 477-1804