Many experts urge replacing belts, radiator and heater hoses at specific recommended intervals to prevent your car from breaking down. Losing a belt today means big trouble for the engine because serpentine belts are used on most engines to turn the water pump, alternator, power steering and air-conditioning compressor. If the belt snaps, everything is lost and you may be stranded. Older cars use individual V-belts for these various accessories. A blown hose results in an overheated engine and can cause additional engine damage.
ARE YOU AWARE? According to a recent survey, nearly one-third of all cars and light trucks have belts or hoses that should probably be replaced.
Make sure you have your vehicle's belts and hoses inspected ASAP, especially if you are planning a trip for Thanksgiving.
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