Your Toyota car, SUV, truck, or van has many parts that depend on belts or hoses in order for them to operate properly. That's why it was delivered with them already installed at the factory.
What Belts Do
Belts help parts move smoothly and efficiently, and there are two main types under the hood. The first is your timing belt, which rotates your engine's camshaft. If it fails, your engine will stop working almost immediately. The other type is a serpentine, or drive, belt. There are many of these at work, since they move most of the other parts, such as your water pump, power steering, and alternator.
What Hoses Do
Hoses move liquid through to lubricate and keep parts cooled. For example, your radiator relies on hoses to move coolant to and from the engine.
Some parts, like your HVAC system, depend on both belts and hoses in their operation.
How to Identify Failing Belts and Hoses
You should make it a regular practice to check your belts and hoses for signs of wear-and-tear. These include:
- Slack or loose belts
- Cracks in the hoses
- Frayed or torn belt material
- Pools of liquid gathering under your vehicle
If you suspect that your belts or hoses are going bad, replace them as soon as you can. Your best bet is to choose genuine Toyota belts and hoses when you do so, since they're guaranteed to be compatible fits for your model. Our online auto parts store has a great selection in stock and ready to ship to your door. Buy now to save both time and money!
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