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 a 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 a 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.
With a K & M Auto Service oil change or any other service, you’ll receive a Touch® Courtesy Check. We’ll look inside, outside, under the hood and underneath the car, then explain the findings and give you a written report.
While you’re there, let us perform a Touch® Courtesy Check, which includes a visual check of the following items:
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For over 60 years, K & M Auto Service has been helping drivers across North America maintain their vehicles. With ASE-certified mechanics in all of our stores, we can take care of all of your auto repair and maintenance needs. From oil changes, filter replacements, and fluid flushes to brakes and brake repair, shocks and struts, muffler repair, tires, and wheel alignment, we’ve got you covered.
Get in touch with K & M Auto Service today for more info or to schedule an appointment!