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Radiator Hose Replacement Service Package
Radiator hoses are responsible for transferring hot coolant from your vehicle’s engine to the radiator for cooling, and then back to the engine after the coolant temperature has been lowered. The hoses and related components allow coolant to effectively move through your car’s cooling system. Replacing your car’s radiator hoses before they begin to leak can prevent a breakdown and potentially expensive repairs.
- Installation of new upper and lower hoses
- Installation of new radiator hose clamps
- Choice of coolant drain or fill, or a complete coolant exchange
Timing Belt Replacement Service Package
A timing belt is used by cars with an overhead cam design to drive and precisely synchronize camshaft movements. Like a serpentine or v-belt, the timing belt will degrade over time due to usage with factors such as temperature and stress. Unfortunately, wear on your timing belt is always visible to the naked eye because the belt is housed within the engine and behind the timing cover. Have a certified automotive technician near you inspect your car’s timing belt for potential problems.
- Access and removal of the timing cover to replace the belt
- Your engine is reassembled, and your timing is set
- Ensures that camshaft movements are synchronized
- Can increase gas mileage for your car
- Better performance
Serpentine or V- Belt Replacement Service Package
Belts allow your car’s rotating components, such as the alternator, power steering pump, water pump, and A/C compressor, to keep turning. Some cars are equipped with V-belts on each component. Others feature a serpentine belt, which is one large, multi-groove belt routed around all your car’s rotating components. Visible signs of cracks, fraying, or splitting can indicate that it’s time to replace either type of belt.
- Visual examination to evaluate the condition of your belt(s)
- Removal of old belt(s)
- Installation of new belt(s)
- Inspection of all pulleys and belt tensioners to determine if belt degradation was caused by a faulty component
Belt Tensioners Replacement Service Package
A belt tensioner is a spring-loaded device equipped with a pulley that keeps the serpentine belt wrapped tightly around your engine’s accessory components. The tensioner and all the pulleys should be inspected when a new serpentine belt is needed or if your belts are squealing. A replacement is needed if the tensioner is worn or damaged.
- Inspection of belt tensioner to see if replacement is necessary
- Removal of serpentine belt
- Removal of old belt tensioner
- Installation of new tensioner
- Rerouting of serpentine belt
Frequently Asked Questions
Consult your owner’s manual for recommendations on when to have a radiator hose replaced. We recommend replacing your car’s radiator hose every four years or 60,00 miles, whichever comes first. Other factors such as frequent stop-and-go-driving, leaks, and constant exposure to extreme temperatures can change this timeframe.
Your car’s timing belt synchronizes the rotation of the crankshaft and the camshaft so that the engine’s valves open and close at the proper times during each cylinder’s intake and exhaust strokes.
We recommend consulting your owner’s manual to determine the manufacturer’s recommended change interval. Keep in mind that factors such as time, temperature, and stress are some of the many things that degrade a timing belt. Have an automotive technician near you inspect your timing belt if you have concerns it is failing.
There are seven warning signs that your timing belt might soon fail. The first four are visual and can be seen once the timing cover is removed. Look for worn or sheared teeth on the belt, worn lands between the teeth, cracks or wear along the back of the belt, and damaged or worn edges. Additionally, difficulty starting your car, contaminated grease or oil, and a high-pitched shrieking or whirring sound could all be signs that it’s time to replace your timing belt. If you notice any of these signs, schedule an appointment with a Pep Boys service center near you today.
Check your owner’s manual for your manufacturer’s recommended change intervals. Other factors, such as driving style and conditions, can accelerate this timeline. Our automotive technicians near you are here to help if you have concerns about your serpentine belt or V-belts. Schedule an appointment today.
A belt tensioner fails when it loses tensioning ability over time or if it’s defective. This hinders the engine components from rotating due to a lack of resistance. If a belt tensioner fails, your serpentine or V-belt is likely to breakdown or be thrown from its positioning, which can lead to costly repairs. If the belt tears or is thrown from its positioning, the vehicle will shut down within minutes.
*** Servicing a hybrid vehicle usually requires removal of trunk access panel for power supply access, shut off and reconnection
*** Hybrid vehicle service will result in an additional $15.00 fee
A shop supply fee will be an additional charge (except in NY and CA) of 9.99% up to $35.00. Each individual work order will identify and apply any applicable shop supply charge.