How to Check Hoses and Belts

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The hoses and belts under the hood of your car are parts of vital systems. Learn how to check hoses and belts with the advice of an automotive expert in this free video.

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Hi there. Jody DeVere with AskPatty.com, automotive advice for women. I'm here today at one of my certified female-friendly locations with Javier, of Pawnee Hills Hyundai, to help you learn how to check your hoses and belts. Now for most of us, when we pop the hood open and look in, it looks like just a mass of spaghetti to me. So, what we're going to do today is show you the most important belts and hoses that you need to check and why, and how to tell whether you need to replace them or not. First, we're going to take a look at our belts. The belts run the electrical as well as your engine, and what you're going to be looking for when you check belts is cracks, fraying... you're going to want to make sure that the tension is correct and they're not too loose, and you might want to use a flashlight when you do this and make sure the engine is cool, so if you touch the belts you don't burn your fingers. So next, we're going to move on to checking your hoses. Now some hoses, you can't actually see the wear from the outside, but you can check by squeezing them, so you're going to want to squeeze along your hoses to check to see if they're hardened, if you can feel a bubble, or if they're too mushy. You're also looking for blisters on the outside, fraying, or any cuts that might be small leaks. If you find any of those things, you're going to want to replace your hoses. Check your owner's manual for the regular service interval for replacement for hoses and belts, but definitely you're going to want to check them at every oil change to make sure that you can tell whether one is ready to be replaced right away. So there you have it; we've unraveled the spaghetti of hoses and belts in your engine compartment and we've taught you how to check them and to know when to replace them. Always check your owner's manual for the manufacturer's recommended replacement for hoses and belts. And that's being smart and car savvy.

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