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Many different rubber components in your truck serve critical roles. They supply the engine and transmission with fluids, air, and lubricants. They offer robust seals and insulation, preventing fluid leakage. Some contribute to the smooth operation of specific components.
Rubber parts like fan belts, gaskets, door/window seals, and air/fluid hoses are particularly vulnerable in North America’s harsh winters. As you drive on wet roads, water, grease, and grime are kicked up from beneath the truck. Corrosion may occur in your belts, seals, and hoses due to this. If something begins to leak or slip, it could lead to much more severe issues.
This rubber belt with notches allows the crankshaft to turn the camshaft. Your engine will not operate smoothly if it is sliding, and your engine will not turn at all if it breaks. That is why it is essential to get it examined frequently.
Many components, including the air conditioning compressor, engine cooling fan, air injection pump, power steering pump, and others, are powered by the serpentine belt (also known as a drive belt). To prevent sliding or breaking, it is essential to ensure that it is properly tightened.
Various hoses and tubes will run throughout your truck to transport air or fluid between multiple components. Air hoses, coolant hoses, hydraulic brake lines, and other hoses should be checked and changed regularly.
To avoid fluid leaks, your gearbox pan gasket, rear main engine seal, and other gaskets and seals throughout the vehicle are essential. Any broken seals or gaskets should be replaced right away.
Though not essential to the vehicle's performance, all outer seals are critical for providing insulation and preventing outside water from entering the vehicle, which may cause internal damage.
Every day, we talk about and promote preventive maintenance, and it's a subject that should be on everyone's mind. Keeping regular maintenance records, doing necessary pre-trip inspections, and periodically inspecting key equipment sections like engines, brakes, and refrigerated units are all critical checkpoints. Belts and hoses are two of the more fundamental components we'll look at today.
Serpentine belts, single continuous belts that drive various components in an engine, are currently used in many engine systems. This is useful to a driver since it reduces the number of belts to examine to one or two. Here's how to do an inspection:
Another straightforward maintenance task is inspecting a truck's hoses and connections. Hoses that carry coolant wear out from the inside out. Weak areas emerge when a coolant line deteriorates, allowing foreign material to access the heater core. Wear may happen everywhere that hoses or fittings are fixed, clamped, linked, bent, or otherwise secured. Here's how to do an inspection:
By performing these simple checks on your truck’s belts, hoses and seals you are better able to detect component wear early on. If you notice changes or deterioration of any of these components be sure to book your truck for service. Doing so will help you prevent larger breakdowns in the future.