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Never remove the radiator cap when the engine is hot, as the hot coolant will be under pressure. Also, be aware that an electric cooling fan can come on at any time.

A belt or hose failure can cause an overheated engine, loss of power steering, and loss of the electrical charging system. If a hose leaks coolant or the belt turning the water pump snaps, the cooling system is inoperable. If the engine overheats, it can suffer serious internal damage that requires expensive repairs and can ruin a summer holiday.

Overheating can occur anytime, but usually happens in the summer. Engine temperatures are much higher, and heat can trigger or accelerate deterioration of rubber compounds.


We will check the white coolant-recovery tank often to ensure proper fluid level.

We will also inspect for cracks, nicks, bulges, or a collapsed section in the hose and oil contamination, or fraying near the connection points.

Our inspection will check for parallel cracks around bends (caused by ozone), a hardened glassy surface (heat damage), or abrasive damage (hose is rubbing).

During a service we will flush and replace the coolant according to the manufacturers specification.


  • When should a timing belt be replaced?

    Chances of a V-belt failure rise dramatically after four years or 36,000 miles, while the critical point for a timing belt is 50,000 miles

  • What parts should be replaced?

    Any belt should be changed when it shows signs of excessive wear. But many new composite belts don’t show signs of wear until the failure occurs.

  • Tips for inspecting belts

    Look for cracks, fraying, or splits on the top cover. Look for signs of glazing on the belt’s sides. Glazed or slick belts can slip, overheat or crack.
    Twist a belt to look for separating layers, cracks, or missing chunks of the grooves on the underside.

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