Your Ford vehicle is home to many moving parts. They all rely on either belts to help them move, or hoses to either lubricate or cool them. The more parts your car, SUV, van, or truck has, the more belts and hoses it needs.
Types of Belts
Your Ford relies on three. Your timing belt is the notched belt that assists the crankshaft with rotating the engine camshaft. It keeps them in sync while also preventing parts from hitting each other. If it fails, your engine will stop running almost immediately. However, newer vehicles often feature a timing chain rather than a timing belt. Timing chains are much less likely to go bad.
The two other two kinds of belts are your serpentine and drive belts. Serpentine belts work with a tensioner, crank pulley, and idler pulley to run components such as the alternator and your power steering. Drive belts, on the other hand, work off the crank pulley and help operate parts like your water pump. If either type breaks, you typically have a bit of time to address the issue before things get worse.
What Hoses Do
Hoses are responsible for directing fluids to and from parts. An example of where hoses work best? The radiator and engine. Coolant flows from the radiator to the engine to prevent overheating. The resulting warm fluid returns via hoses to the radiator, where it cools again.
How to Recognize Belt or Hose Problems
Signs of trouble include:
- Frayed belt edges
- Belts that are too loose or slack
- Overly tightened belts
- Cracked hose surfaces
- Large puddles of liquid under your Ford vehicle
Genuine Ford Belts and Hoses Are the Best Choice
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