Auto belts:

Discover how to properly inspect automotive belts and hoses.

Auto belts & hoses: discover benefits of learning about your automotive belts and hoses, including radiator hoses, serpentine belts and v belts.

All auto belts and hoses are made of materials designed to be both flexible and tough. Unfortunately, your engine compartment is a punishing environment. Even the toughest materials eventually wear out due to extreme temperatures under the hood.

Automotive hoses are designed to perform particular functions. Radiator hoses are engineered to carry antifreeze. The brake line is built to stand up to the rigors of hydraulic pressure. Modern serpentine belts often run every engine driven accessory.

Never use auto belts or hoses for functions they were not designed for. Advance Auto Parts carries a complete line of automotive belts and hoses, such as radiator hoses, serpentine belts and v belts.

How often should you inspect your auto belts and hoses? Once a month.

The belts and hoses in your vehicle perform crucial tasks. Hoses carry coolant, fuel, brake fluid and air. Belts drive accessories such as your alternator and water pump. All the systems in your automobile depend on belts and hoses to get the job done.

If a belt or hose fails, you could be left stranded, or worse. Don’t spend thousands on repairs because of a ten dollar hose failure. So, inspect your auto belts and hoses once a month.

What you will need to inspect your auto belts and hoses:

Do-it-yourself difficulty guide for evaluating automotive belts and hoses:


Estimated time required - 15 Minutes

How to check your automotive belts and hoses: do it yourself & save!

Never assume an automotive hose or belt is OK by sight alone. Pinch hoses and check for spongy, sticky or dry and brittle material. Turn belts over and inspect for cracking or fraying.

  1. Late model vehicles use serpentine belts. This single belt runs all engine driven accessories. Look for missing ribs, fraying, cracking or cords showing through as pictured here.
  2. Older vehicles use v belts. Inspect v belts by turning the belt over so the bottom of the v is facing you. Look for cracking or glazing.
  3. Inspect upper and lower radiator hoses by pinching. Hoses should be flexible and not sticky. Also, look for swelling where hoses connect to the radiator or engine.
  4. Under hood hoses perform a variety of tasks. These two hoses carry power steering fluid between the reservoir and the pump.
  5. This automotive hose shows typical swelling. If your radiator hose looks like this, replace it immediately.
  6. Inspect hose clamps. Make sure clamps are secure and there is no leaking around the hose and clamp junction.

For high quality auto parts – such as automotive belts and hoses – trust Advance Auto Parts!