If you hear a squealing or other noise coming from under the hood, it may be a loose or damaged belt. If a belt slips or breaks, waiting to have it fixed could possibly cause damage to your vehicle. If the belt comes off at any time, it can cause your engine to lock up, which can be a major issue and expense. While belts break down with heat, mileage, and age, it is a good idea to have regularly scheduled maintenance done to make sure all the belts are in good working order. If you are not sure how often to have your vehicle inspected, make sure to bring it in so we can inspect the vehicle for you.
The hoses should be inspected to ensure they are not leaking. A hose that leaks can result in your engine overheating or other issues if you choose to ignore it. Make sure the hoses are securely connected to prevent any leaks or other serious issues. The belts are also important to your vehicle, as the timing belt allows the crankshaft to turn the camshaft. If this belt breaks, the engine will stop working completely.
With age, the hoses can become hard and brittle due to exposure to the heat. Hoses can also split, blister, or crack. If you notice this, the hoses need to be replaced as soon as possible. Any time there is an issue out of the norm with your vehicle, make sure to bring it in so we can inspect the parts and components. This can help you to have a safe and reliable car when you drive.