Take a look under the hood of your Acura and you'll notice quite a few moving parts, as well as the belts and hoses that keep them operating right. They're so important that they were originally installed at the factory to ensure that everything works properly from the very first start.
What Your Belts Do
Belts help move parts, and there are two main types at work. A timing belt turns the engine camshaft. If it goes bad, you'll know immediately since your engine will stop running. Serpentine belts, which are also known as drive belts, move most of the other moving parts. Your alternator, power steering, and water pump all count on a functioning serpentine belt.
What Your Hoses DoHoses move liquid through to lubricate and keep parts cooled. Your radiator is an example of one part that relies on hoses to move coolant to and from the engine.
Then there are parts that depend on both belts and hoses in order to work properly. Your air conditioning and heating system is an example of one.
How to Spot Bad Belts and Hoses
Hoses tend not to show signs of damage until they crack, since they wear from the inside. However, keep an eye out for signs such as these:
- Slack or loose belts
- Frayed belts
- Cracked hoses
- Pools of liquid collecting under your car or SUV
If you think your belts or hoses are going bad, make sure to replace them as soon as you can. The best choice is always going to be genuine Acura belts and hoses, since they're the ones that are guaranteed to work with your model. Our online auto parts center has a great inventory available to ship right out. Order today and save!
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