Belts & Hoses

At K&M Auto Service, we are dedicated to providing our customers with the absolute best car repair Portland has to offer. Our team of master mechanics and experienced auto repair technicians are equipped to handle any car troubles you may be dealing with. We can quickly and effectively pinpoint the problem and then go in and fix it. As a family-owned, local company, we are committed to going above and beyond our customer’s expectations to deliver exceptional auto repair service in Portland.

As a part of our Portland car tune up service, we will examine all of the different belts and hoses in your vehicle. These days, the serpentine belts in your engine are designed to provide power to a number of different systems in your vehicle. The belts transform the mechanical energy generated from the up-and-down motion of the pistons into circular motion, which is then used to provide energy for many other important systems in your vehicle. The alternator, A/C compressor and power steering are just a few of the systems that rely on belts to function. Radiator and heater hoses carry vital fluids and help keep your engine from overheating. These belts and hoses are usually made of rubber. Over time as the rubber is exposed to heat and friction it can become hard, brittle and weak. Rubber hoses can split or leak, and rubber belts can snap. If a belt snaps, then your vehicle will cease to function. A split hose can overheat your engine and cause significant damage, so it is important to check your belts and hoses regularly.

It can be difficult to assess damage to hoses and belts just by looking at them, as the damage often originates on the inside. If there is visible damage, then it is an obvious sign that your belts and hoses need to be replaced. Another good way to check the dexterity of your rubber belts and hoses is to pinch them with your fingers. If the rubber feels brittle and stiff, or if it feels squishy and soft, then it is probably time for replacement. Most car owners neglect their belts and hoses and do not check on them regularly. Replacing worn-down belts and hoses can prevent more serious damage to your car’s engine.

Portland Auto Repair

If your belts and hoses haven’t been checked in a while, or if they need to be replaced, bring your vehicle to K&M Auto Service in Portland and we will gladly take care of it for you. Contact us today to set up a maintenance appointment.