Avenue Auto
4202 ST. JOSEPH AVE, SAINT JOSEPH, MO 64505
(816) 232-2710
Hours: 8-5 Monday thru Friday

Belts, Wipers, & Cooling Systems

Belts and Hoses

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.

It's not easy to know the true condition of a belt or hose by its outward appearance because most belts and hoses fail from the inside out. Rubber hoses can become hard and brittle, deteriorating with age and exposure to heat, causing the hose to split, blister or leak. Belts also break down with heat, mileage and age. Every time a belt passes around a pulley, it bends. Flexing produces heat that causes the rubber to harden over time. In addition, if the belt is loose or slips, the wear process can be accelerated.

Cooling Systems

A cooling system that is clogged or low on fluid can cause serious damage to the engine and other components. Get into the habit of checking the fluid level regularly, and have the fluid changed or flushed when recommended.

Problem

Coolant is depleted of buffering ingredients and becomes extremely corrosive, literally eating holes in cooling system components. By-products of corrosion damage, as well as rust and scale, clog the passageways that conduct the water through the radiator and choke off the flow. This may result in an overheated engine that may be damaged beyond repair. Contact Avenue Auto today for an estimate to fix the problem.

Windshield Wipers

Your wipers are equally important as they can prevent a wreck just by clearing debris from your view. Replace your wipers every wet season for optimal results.

Avenue Auto Sales is located at 4202 St. Joseph Ave, Saint Joseph, Mo 64505. We are a full-service auto repair center and automotive sales center, providing comprehensive car care services for your domestic or import vehicle to keep it running at full power. For questions, contact us or make an appointment online, and our experts will help determine what needs to be done. 

*Courtesy of Car Care Aware