Belts & Hoses


Belts and hoses play important roles in the proper functioning of the engine, cooling system, charging system and air conditioning system. Different belts and hoses perform different functions in these systems. For example, the timing belt maintains the precision of the engine by coordinating the rotation of the crankshaft and camshaft. In some vehicles, a timing chain is used at the place of the timing belt. The serpentine belt transfers power to the air conditioning, power steering pump, the charging system, and several other systems. Hoses are used for transporting coolants to and from the engine, heater core and radiator.

Damaged or worn out belts and hoses can cause a lot of problems and even damage in engine, cooling system, charging system, air conditioning system and other systems. It can lead to failure of the air conditioning system, steam from the engine, leaking coolants and fluids, and squeaking and grinding noises. Here at Family Car Care, our trained and experienced mechanics can repair or replace belts and hoses of all makes and models. Whether you need to replace the timing belt or coolant and heater hoses, our mechanics can do it all for you.

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FAQs for Belts & Hoses

Family Car Care is pleased to offer answers to some of the frequently asked questions about the belts & hoses services offered at our business in Parkville.

What do you understand by a serpentine belt?

A serpentine belt is one of the complex parts used in cars and other vehicles. This belt is used in various systems for proper functioning. These systems include power steering, water pump, air conditioning, and alternator. This is the reason why you should use a strong and well-maintained serpentine belt in your car.

A strong and well-maintained belt can last between 50,000 and 100,000 miles. Friction and continuous exposure to heat wear down the belt. It is good for your car if you replace it before it fails.

It is easy to identify the need for a serpentine belt replacement. When it gets worn down, its rubber parts get peeled off and cause problems like a fray, slip or cracks. Sometimes this belt is contaminated with fuel. Misalignment of the belt is also problematic. Following are the signs indicating that it’s time to replace the belt.


The belt begins to squeal or chirp when it starts slipping. This sound is a sign of low belt tension or belt stretch. This also indicates that the belt and pulley are not working together. You can bring your car to Family Car Care if you notice squealing.


You can see some physical signs of failure such as cracks, missing chunks, uneven wear, damaged ribs or rib separation.

Power Steering or Air Conditioning Failure

The air conditioning, water pump, alternator or power steering system will not work properly or completely fail.

Break down

Your car will stop running when the belt is completely broken.

How to stop the fan belt squealing?

Don’t ignore if the fan belt is squealing. The fan belt makes two main types of noises including chirp and squeal. Chirp represents noises occurring at irregular intervals. The pitch and volume of the noise remain constant. This occurs due to misalignment, improper installation, worn pulley bearings, extremely worn ribs or fluid contamination. Squeal represents a high-pitched noise that lasts several seconds. The pitch remains constant but the volume might be changed. Squeal changes with acceleration. It may be intermittent or continuous.

Most of the times, the rubber belt makes this noise when it slips on the metal pulley. The belt makes this noise because of the following reasons:


Misalignment causes a slip which makes this noise. This happens due to misaligned tensioner or pulley.

Improper Installation

It is important to tension the belt appropriately. After running the engine for a few minutes, the belt should be re-tensioned. Otherwise, it will squeal and you need to replace the belt if you don’t fix it quickly.


Leakage from other parts of the engine can cause some damage to the belt and it starts making this noise.

Basic Wear and Tear

Belts become brittle, cracked or glazed after losing its stiffness.

Weather Conditions

Extreme weather conditions may affect the stiffness of the belt and cause it to make noise.

You should check the entire belt system of your car. Check the condition of the fan belt for cracks or missing ribs. Cracks or missing ribs indicates that the belt is worn out on one side. Uneven wear indicates misalignment. Misalignment occurs due to some issue with the pulley. Replace the damaged belt before it starts damaging other parts of the engine.

Wetness and discoloration indicate that there is leakage of water or fluid on the belt. Leaking coolant or motor oil should be addressed right away. Worn spots or buildup of deposits on pulleys can also damage the fan belt. If the fan belt is loosened, you can tighten it. However, if it is damaged, you can visit Family Car Care and get it replaced.

When to change belts and hoses?

You should change the belts and hoses of your vehicle at 35,000 and 60,000 miles. The cost of belts and hoses repair or replacement depends on the engine of your car.