We provide vehicle owners at L&D Auto Specialists with a full range of auto repair services, including engine diagnostics and engine light troubleshooting. Our ASE-certified mechanics can handle a wide range of automotive services. Whether you drive a passenger car, a mid-size truck, or an SUV, our mechanics work hard to ensure your vehicle is in top condition before leaving our auto shop. We can handle any problem with a foreign or domestic vehicle.
An overheated engine, loss of power steering and failure of the electrical charging system can be the result of a belt or hose failure. The cooling system is rendered inoperable if a hose leaks coolant or the belt that drives the water pump breaks. If the engine overheats, it can suffer serious internal damage, necessitating costly repairs and ruining summer vacations.
Overheating can occur at any time of the year, but is most common in the summer. Temperatures under the hood are much higher, and the heat can cause or accelerate the deterioration of rubber compounds.
Many of the same elements that wreak havoc on hoses also wreak havoc on belts: heat, oil, ozone and abrasion. Nearly all modern cars and trucks use a single multi-grooved serpentine belt to drive the alternator, water pump, power steering pump and air conditioning compressor. On older vehicles, accessories may be driven by separate V-belts. According to the Car Care Council, the chances of a V-belt failing increase dramatically after four years or 36,000 miles, while the critical point for a serpentine belt is 50,000 miles. When a belt shows signs of excessive wear, it should be replaced. However, many new composite belts do not show signs of wear until they fail.
L&D Auto Specialists is your best choice for preventive maintenance and repair, including belt and hose replacement. Hoses under the hood of your car function similar to arteries, transporting life-sustaining fluids to where they are needed. Your vehicle also has belts that serve different purposes, such as timing belts, chains and serpentine belts. The threat of a breakdown is very real if your belts and hoses are not properly maintained.
Belts deteriorate over time and can crack, swell or burst. After years of use or when subjected to extreme temperatures, hoses can glaze over and split. A faulty hose can allow fluids to leak from your engine, causing damage to engine components. To avoid breakdowns, have the trained professionals atL&D Auto Specialists inspect your belts and hoses for any warning signs or concerns.
If you notice any of the following, contact L&D Auto Specialists for an inspection:
It is recommended that belts and hoses be checked every 3,000 miles or at every oil change. L&D Auto Specialists performs a belt and hose inspection to look for:
The timing belt, also known as the timing chain on some vehicles, is a drive belt that synchronizes the rotation of the engine crankshaft and camshaft with the opening and closing of the valves. It can also turn the water pump, depending on the vehicle. When the crankshaft rotates, the timing belt turns the camshaft, which opens and closes the engine valves, allowing the pistons to move up and down. Your vehicle's engine operates in four stages: intake, compression, combustion and exhaust. When fuel and air enter the cylinders during the intake phase, the intake valves open and the exhaust valves close. During the compression and combustion phases, the valves close as the air and fuel mix, compress and are ignited by the spark plugs. During the exhaust phase, the remaining air and fuel are expelled through the exhaust valve. During normal engine operation, the timing belt is responsible for synchronizing this process as well as opening and closing the valves.
Engine failure can occur if the timing belt is not replaced. A worn or stretched belt can cause the running order of the valves and pistons to be disrupted, resulting in a piston hitting a valve and damaging the engine. Rough idling or difficulty starting the engine are indications of timing belt failure. Cracks in the belt, which is made of reinforced rubber, indicate that it will break soon. Replacing your timing belt will help keep your engine running smoothly and save you money on future repairs. Your belt will be replaced and synchronized with the crankshaft and camshaft during our replacement service to restore accuracy and running order. It is widely recommended that you have your water pump replaced as part of a timing belt replacement service. If your water pump fails in the future, it can cause significant damage to your vehicle. Since the water pump is easy to replace during a timing belt replacement, consider having a new one installed at the same time. Service intervals for timing belt maintenance can be determined by consulting the owner's manual.
Belts and hoses have one of the shortest lives of any component on your car. These items are constantly subjected to engine heat, vehicle vibrations, and potentially hazardous chemicals, all of which have the potential to cause cracks and leaks. Symptoms of belt and hose failure include squeaking, squealing or grinding noises that begin when the engine is started or appear during vehicle operation. Squeaking noises near the belts are usually caused by a bad pulley bearing and not the belt itself, as the pulley bearing may freeze and require belt replacement. Other signs of a defective belt or hose include loss of power, leakage of coolant or other fluids, illuminated dashboard lights, steam coming out of the engine, and failure of the air conditioning system. While routine belt and hose maintenance is always important, summer is an especially important season to keep an eye under the hood due to the high temperatures, which accelerate deterioration of rubber components. Since belts and hoses can be difficult to visually inspect, be sure to follow the manufacturer's recommendations for scheduled maintenance.
Belts and hoses have the shortest service life of all vehicle components. Due to their constant exposure to heat, vibration and other harmful chemicals, these components often crack, leak or fray. It could be disastrous to your vehicle's performance if they are not replaced and maintained promptly. Belt and hose evaluations based on appearance alone are insufficient. We recommend a thorough inspection and are available to perform it. Here is an example of how we ensure the quality of our belts and hoses:
Inspect your vehicle's belts and hoses regularly, as damaged parts can cause serious damage to your vehicle. According to research, although most people change their oil regularly, they overlook the condition of belts and hoses. A leaking hose or cracked belt will cause far more problems than an overdue oil change.
Here is a brief summary of some of the belts and hoses we inspect:
Some of your vehicle's accessories are driven by the engine. Instead of being powered by electricity, these accessories run on a system of pulleys and belts. Among these accessories are:
To power these accessories, some vehicles require a single serpentine belt (instead of several individual belts).
Think of hoses as the circulatory system of your vehicle, and you will have a good idea of how important they are. Hoses consist of two layers of rubber with a layer of fabric between them. Types of hoses vary by manufacturer and model, but typically include:
A new radiator hose costs around $235. Labor should cost around $135 and parts should cost around $100. It varies from car to car, and these prices do not include taxes or mechanic's fees, but this should give you a good idea of how much you will pay for this replacement job.
The cooling system is the engine's primary defense against extreme heat, and the upper radiator hose is just one of many critical components that keep the engine coolant circulating. The upper radiator hose will deteriorate over time and heat in normal operation and will need to be replaced when it becomes soft or springs a leak. Radiator hoses typically last at least five years before needing replacement, and often much longer, depending on how much you drive and how often you maintain your vehicle. Upper radiator hose replacement costs start at $225 and can average up to $350, although some models can cost much more. Radiator hoses may need to be replaced more frequently in extremely hot climates.
The top of your radiator inlet is fed by your engine coolant, and the two are joined by a section of rubber hose. The upper hose may be located on the driver or passenger side of the engine compartment, depending on the make and model. The hot engine coolant flows into the radiator, where it is cooled by air passing through the radiator. Radiator hoses must be strong enough to withstand temperature and pressure fluctuations while remaining flexible. To be tough, they are made of synthetic rubber and reinforced with cotton, nylon or Kevlar threads. If oil is spilled on the synthetic rubber, it can swell, and the hose can collapse or crack if damaged. The upper radiator hose should be replaced when it no longer holds its shape, collapses or leaks.
Having the upper radiator hose replaced when it is deemed to be in poor condition will provide you with the peace of mind you need to know that your car is in good working order every time you drive. Operating your vehicle with a deteriorated upper radiator hose can result in a coolant leak or engine overheating, both of which can be costly and inconvenient.
While some hoses connect auxiliary components that won't cripple your vehicle if they fail, others, such as coolant hoses, can cause significant damage if they fail. If the rubber on the power steering hose, for example, crumbles and breaks, you may still be able to drive, but the steering will become extremely stiff without power assistance. On the other hand, a faulty coolant hose can cause your engine to overheat quickly, causing major, long-term damage to core engine components.
If a coolant hose leaks, your engine can start to overheat. It is not safe to drive an overheated car because of the risk of catastrophic engine damage when moving metal parts fuse together due to excessive heat. Any problems with the cooling system should always be handled by a professional. Faulty brake lines will also make your vehicle unsafe. A faulty power steering hose will not make your Kia undriveable, but it will be noticeably more difficult to turn, especially at low speeds.
L&D Auto Specialists suggests changing your vehicle's belts and hoses every 35,000 to 60,000 miles. Before the hotter summer months, it is best to replace the belts and hoses. The cost to replace belts and hoses varies depending on the type of engine.
Heat causes oxidation, which makes the rubber compound harder, inflexible and brittle over time. On the surface, cracks and fissures can form, and eventually begin to leak. As your car moves, the hoses can rub against other parts of the engine or move against fittings, causing them to wear and leak. If your engine is leaking, it is not uncommon for drive and accessory belts to become coated with oil or coolant. Oil and coolant quickly deteriorate rubber belts.
Because of our strong partnerships with local parts suppliers, we can deliver top-quality parts for any make or model very fast. In many cases, we can complete auto and body repairs the same day! All of our technicians/mechanics are experienced on both domestic and imported vehicles, including:
Olathe is the county seat of Johnson County, Kansas, United States. It is the fourth-most populous city in the Kansas City metropolitan area and Kansas, with a 2010 population of 125,872. By 2019, the Census Bureau estimated Olathe's population had grown to 140,545.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 60.42 square miles (156.49 km2) of which 59.66 square miles (154.52 km2) are land and 0.76 square miles (1.97 km2) is covered by water. Olathe has two public lakes: Lake Olathe with 172 acres (0.70 km2) of water surface and Cedar Lake with 45 acres (0.18 km2).
Our mechanics are fully certified (ASE, Technet)
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I found L&D Auto Specialist using Google search and I was skeptical at first. I wasn't sure what to expect of this auto repair shop. I guess I didn't want to walk into an expensive auto shop. I needed transmission service and we all know it's not cheap. The service was great and affordable. Jose was very nice and told me about the condition of my car and the possible repairs that I will have to do soon...
Timely, great pricing, fixed what I needed, informative. They squeezed me in to fix my tail light and brakes before my trip and got me on the road with confidence in my car and mechanic.
The business has very good customer service, they know how to do their job, I went for the brakes and everything looked really good.