Get Ready for Cold Weather: Belts and Hoses

Cold weather can wreak havoc on your car, especially its belts and hoses. If you’ve ever seen a steaming car on the side of the road in the winter, chances are that cold weather played a major role.

Your belts and hoses become brittle and weak when it’s chilly out and during temperature changes like when you’re driving around with a hot, warmed up engine in the freezing winter weather. This is especially true of belt driven components, which become harder to turn when they’re cold and thus are at a higher risk for belt failure.

The best way to guard against belt and hose failure is to have them regularly inspected by your trusted Gloucester auto repair facility. As a general rule, these components need to be replaced every 40,000 to 50,000 miles, but can deteriorate sooner under severe use.

An Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certified mechanic in Gloucester will be able to expertly inspect for cracks on belts and breaks inside of hoses so that you can replace these components before they fail and leave you stranded.

Reputable shops will check your belts and hoses, and give you a recommendation that you can trust about how best to deal with your car. They can also check for other cold weather concerns, including your Yorktown tire, radiators, batteries, and the ignition and fuel systems so that you won’t find yourself stranded the next time a deep freeze hits!

To avoid expensive repairs like these, have your car inspected and serviced by trusted and certified technicians before cold weather hits!