Most vehicle owners know that they should have their oil changed about every 4 months or 5000 miles, they also know how important brake service is, but many overlook their belts and hoses until they have a problem.
Like every other part on your vehicle, your belts and hoses have a life expectancy. Changing out your belts and hoses before they reach the end of their expected life cycle can mean avoiding break downs on the side of the road.
When Was the Last Time You Had Your Belts and Hoses Checked?
Many people make the critical mistake of not replacing their belts or hoses until they break. There is actually a manufacturer recommended replacement time for both belts and hoses. Following those recommended replacement times can keep you from sitting on the side of the road broken down, and ensure that you do not damage your vehicle.
When should you have your hoses and belts replaced? Manufacturers recommend the following:
- Hoses should be replaced every 4 years according to most hose manufacturers. They should also be replaced whenever you change out the radiator.
- V-belts should be changed every 3 years.
- Each year after the recommended replacement point increases the risks of breakage.
Car repair costs for a broken belt or hose can add up quickly if the hose or belt breaks unexpectedly while driving. You will have to figure in the cost of towing and include any damage that the broken belt or hose may have caused to other components of the vehicle.
It is far better to have your belts and hoses checked during your next oil change and to replace any worn parts. It is far less costly to replace the part before it breaks on its own.
You Can Avoid a Lot of Breakdown Issues by Being Proactive
Putting off necessary maintenance or putting off replacing parts can be a gamble that you do not want to take. Simple things like tire replacement before you get a flat, tune-up service before the check engine light comes on, and replacing belts and hoses before they break, can save you money and keep your vehicle on the road safely.
Making sure that you get a full check every time you get an oil change will ensure that you can be proactive in maintaining your vehicle and avoid all the hassles and costs that come with unexpected break downs.