At The Car Store we encourage drivers in Twin Falls to learn about basic vehicle maintenance. Knowing when to replace the belts and hoses on your vehicle can help to prevent costly repairs.

Various belts and hoses are used by multiple systems on your vehicle, from the alternator to your car's brakes. Some of these are easy to spot when looking under the hood. Others may only be visible upon a detailed inspection. When belts and hoses wear they can fail. This can mean a leak of important fluids or the inability of an alternator to charge the car's battery.

When searching for evidence of wear, look for fraying on belts. The material of the hose will usually begin to separate around the edges. Hoses may evidence bulges or bubbles in weak spots. They may also have small holes which create a leak. Look for evidence of fluid beneath your vehicle.

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