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TransColonial Auto Service
8228 E. Washington St.
Chagrin Falls, OH 44023

Ph. (440) 543-3355

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Belts & Hoses


Most vehicle break downs today are related to belts, hoses and cooling system problems.  Todayís vehicles run hotter than ever before and have more packed into a tighter area than ever before.  Belts and hoses are prone to cracking and deterioration from the elements.  These items often can crack, leak, or fray from constant exposure to heat, vibration, and other harmful chemicals.  If not properly maintained, any one of these could spell disaster for your engine performance. 


Here are some of our recommendations to ensure belt and hose quality:


Visual Inspection of Belts

  Search for clear indications of damage (cracking, glazing, softening, or peeling)

  Test for correct tension

  Test for correct alignment

 ● Record belt condition for future reference


Cooling System




Radiator Hose


Heater Hose


Fuel Hose


Power Steering Hose


Heater Core


Engine Coolant


Power Steering Pump


Timing Belt


Serpentine Belt




Water Pump


Power Steering Pump


A/C Compressor


Radiator Cooling Fan


Steering Gear


Electrical Charging System




Auto Service
8228 E. Washington St.
Chagrin Falls, OH 44023

Ph. (440) 543-3355




Visual Inspection of Hoses

  Search for leaks, cracks, hardening, or softening.

  Test cooling system for leaks using state-of-the-art pressure technology

  Record hose condition for future reference


Get your vehicle's belts and hoses inspected on a regular basis because damaged pieces can seriously harm your vehicle. Research shows that while most people get regular oil changes, they neglect the condition of their belts and hoses. A leaking hose or a cracked belt will cause you more trouble than an overdue oil change ever will.


Below are brief descriptions of some of the different belts and hoses we inspect:


serpentine beltDrive Belts:

The engine drives some of your vehicle's accessories. Instead of being supplied by electric power, these accessories rely on a series of pulleys and belts to operate. Some of these accessories include:


 ● Power steering pump

 ● Alternator

 ● Air conditioning compressor

 ● Radiator cooling fan

 ● Water pump


Some vehicles require a single serpentine belt to power these accessories (as opposed to several individual belts).

Accessory Drive Belts

While some accessories in your car are electrically powered by the charging system, others use the engine itself as their power source. The power for these accessories is delivered by a system of pulleys and belts. Examples of these accessories are:Cooling System Inspection

  • Alternator

  • Water Pump for engine cooling

  • Power Steering Pump

  • Air Conditioning Compressor

  • Radiator Cooling Fan

  • Many late model cars use a single serpentine belt in place of individual belts to drive these accessories.


If you think of hoses as your vehicle's circulatory system, then you'll have an appropriate representation of their importance. Hoses are composed of two rubber layers with fabric in between. Types of hoses vary on make and model, but typically include:


 ● Fuel hose (sends gasoline from the gas tank to the engine)

 ● Radiator and Heater Hoses - These hoses convey coolant to the engine and heater core.

 ● Power steering hose (connects power steering pump to steering equipment)


Serpentine Belt

You know that long belt that snakes around the front of your engine? Itís called the serpentine belt. The serpentine belt is driven by the engine as it turns. It powers your alternatorair conditioning compressor, and power steering pump. On some vehicles it also runs the water pumpradiator fan, and power brakes. Sounds like a lot of important stuff doesnít it?overheating hose and belt replacement

If your serpentine belt were to break on one of our roads, your battery would die in a few miles. If it runs your fan or water pump, your engine could overheat. And steering and braking could be more difficult. Obviously, the best thing is to replace your serpentine belt before it breaks.

Check your ownerís manual for when itís recommended that you replace your serpentine belt Ė or just ask our service advisor for assistance. We can inspect the belt as well to see if itís in trouble.

You may have been told by a service advisor to look for cracks in your belt to see if it needs to be replaced. Of course, cracks are still a concern, but modern belt material doesnít crack as often as old belts did. What we look for these days is the thickness of the belt. There are tools available that measures the depth of the grooves in the belt to see if it needs replacing.

A worn belt can slip (squeal) or be misaligned, putting undue stress on the accessories it runs.

Now you can imagine itís important for the belt to be tight, so thereís a tensioner pulley on your engine that puts pressure on the belt to keep it at the right tension. The spring on the tensioner wears out over time so we recommend replacing the tensioner pulley at the same time as the serpentine belt.

Replacing your serpentine belt on schedule, or when an inspection warrants it, will keep you from an unexpected breakdown.


Radiator & Coolant Hoses


Radiator and Cooling System ServiceRadiator and coolant hoses are vital to keep your engine from overheating. With time and use, hoses become brittle and weak. Don't wait for a failed radiator or coolant hose to leave you stranded.


Coolant System Components:

  • Heater Core

  • Heater Hoses

  • Pressure Cap

  • Thermostat

  • Upper Radiator Hose

  • Radiator

  • Fan

  • Water Pump

  • Transmission Cooler

  • Lower Radiator Hose

  • Reserve Tank

  • Antifreeze

Cooling hoses should be replaced every 5 years or 100,000 miles.



Piston engines can generally be divided into two groups-Interference AND non-interference engines.
If a timing belt breaks on a non-Interference engine the engine will 'free-wheel' and the piston will not contact the valves.

On the other hand, interference engines will not 'free-wheel". Severe valve train and piston damage can result if the timing belt breaks while the engine is running.

Most manufactures have recommended replacement Intervals for replacing timing belts. A typical service Interval in between 50,000 and 60,000 miles. It is important to replace timing belts at recommended Intervals even if the vehicle has a non-interference engine. Proper maintenance prevents expensive tow bills and possible accidents due to loss of engine power while traveling at highway speeds.








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TransColonial Auto Service
8228 E. Washington St., Chagrin Falls, OH 44023

Ph. (440) 543-3355


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Monday - 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday - 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday - 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday - 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday - 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday - CLOSED


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