Looking Under the Hood: Checking Belts, Connections and Hoses

Excellent driving skills are not the only factors that could prevent a driver from encountering a possibly fatal accident. Your vehicle must always be in tiptop condition for you to prevent any traffic or driving mishaps. Consider this: an ill-maintained vehicle is an accident waiting to happen. Keep yourself and your passengers safe by making sure your vehicle is in excellent condition.

That being said, let’s discuss how you could maintain your vehicle’s hoses, connections and belts. Keep in mind that any time you are looking under your vehicle’s hood is always the perfect time to examine the different connections, hoses and belts to make sure that they are damage, wear and leak-free. To avoid getting burned, be sure to conduct your checking while your vehicle is cool. Wait an hour or two after driving to make sure the engine and all the parts located under your hood is no longer blistering hot.

If it’s your first time to check under your vehicle’s hood, then you’ll probably be unfamiliar with all the numerous parts in your engine and around it. However, if you make it a frequent practice to check your system and make sure that everything works, you’ll be able to identify all the different hoses and connections in a jiffy. I suggest you procure a photograph of a relatively clean engine and use it to evaluate any loose connections or changes that might have occurred in your vehicle.

While checking, be mindful of possible tears or leaks in your hose. If you find that there is a rip in the hose, use heat-tolerant tape to temporarily patch it up. Remember, the keyword in the previous sentence is temporary, meaning it’s best to look for a reputable car parts or truck accessory dealer and to purchase a replacement hose as soon as possible. If you’re under a tight budget, then check out this link for discount auto parts. If you’re unable to install the new hose yourself, I suggest you take your vehicle to a mechanic ASAP.

Make it a point to check all the different connections like the ones you see running from the spark plugs and cylinders to the batter, the distributor cap and other parts of the engine. Should you find these connections in a state of disarray or if you see anything questionable about these connections, then check out your vehicle’s owner’s manual to figure out how a specific hose or part should look.

It’s best to check your belts at least once a month to avoid breakage or having these belts give way while you’re driving or out on the road. Damaged, frayed, badly worn or separating belts need replacing as soon as possible. While belts that are beginning to slack about half an inch or more should be tightened using a screwdriver or any other tool. To check properly, touch the belt to detect if there is any slack present.

(tightening the fan belt)


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