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Belts and hoses service near me in Olathe KS by L&D Auto

We provide vehicle owners at L&D Auto 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 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 inspect your belts and hoses for any warning signs or concerns.

If you notice any of the following, contact L&D Auto for an inspection:

  • Power reduction
  • Squeaking or grinding noise
  • vibrations, 'slipping', or 'snagging'
  • leaks.
  • The vehicle overheats.

It is recommended that belts and hoses be checked every 3,000 miles or at every oil change. L&D Auto performs a belt and hose inspection to look for:

  • Belt glass, breakage, peeling, and softening
  • Proper tension
  • Proper drive pulley alignment
  • Fracture and leaks
  • Hose hardening, cracking and softening
  • Examination of cooling system pressure to help detect leaks
  • Clamps that are loose or worn out

If you live in Olathe or surrounding area contact L&D Auto today to schedule your next belt and hose replacement or other auto repair center service.

The basics of belt replacement services

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.

Why should you hire L&D Auto for timing belt replacement?

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.

Importance of regular checks of belts and hoses by L&D Auto near me in Olathe KS

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:

Visual inspection of belts.

  • Look for obvious signs of damage (cracking, glazing, softening or peeling)
  • Check for proper tension
  • Check for proper alignment
  • Keep a record of belt condition for future reference

Visual inspection of hoses

  • Look for any signs of leaks, cracks, hardening or softening
  • Using state-of-the-art pressure technology, check for leaks in the cooling system
  • Keep a record of hose condition for future reference

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:

Inspection of drive belts near me in Olathe KS by L&D Auto

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:

  • Power steering pump
  • Alternator is another word for generator
  • Compressor for air conditioning
  • Fan for radiator cooling
  • Water pump

To power these accessories, some vehicles require a single serpentine belt (instead of several individual belts).

Inspection of hoses near me in Olathe KS by L&D Auto

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:

  • The fuel hose (sends gasoline from the fuel tank to the engine)
  • radiator hose (sends coolant to the engine)
  • The power steering hose (connects the power steering pump to the steering gear)
  • The thermostat hose (supplies coolant to the heater core)

Belts and hoses pricing near me in Olathe KS by L&D Auto

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.

How much does it cost to replace an upper hose?

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.

What exactly is an upper radiator hose?

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.

What are the symptoms of needing upper hose replacement

  • When the radiator hose becomes pinched, collapses or does not regain its original shape
  • The hose has cracks and leaks coolant
  • The engine temperature occasionally rises above normal

What is the procedure for replacing the upper radiator hose?

  • The technician opens the hood and locates the defective radiator hose
  • The coolant is drained from the radiator
  • The radiator hose clamps are removed from both the radiator and engine side
  • Remove the old upper radiator hose and install a new one with new hose clamps
  • Refill the cooling system, bleed the air from the engine and check the repair

What are some important tips to remember when it comes to belts and hoses?

  • What appears to be a faulty thermostat could actually be a faulty radiator hose, so it is critical to have a technician perform a proper diagnosise
  • While replacing the upper radiator hose, have the cooling system flushed and refilled with clean coolant

What is the importance of upper radiator hose replacement?

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.

What happens if I don't change my belts and hoses?

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.

What are the consequences of defective belts and hoses?

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.

When should I replace my belts and hoses?

L&D Auto 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.

What causes my belts and hoses to fail and break?

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.

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Our mechanics are fully certified (ASE, Technet)

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Testimonials

But, don't take our word for it! Here are some of the many testimonials from past clients

I would recommend L&D strongly. Excellent service and quality work at a fair price

I would recommend L&D strongly. Excellent service and quality work at a fair price. What else can you ask for? I won't go anywhere else

Barry T.

 As a woman i feel comfortable going here and not being taken advantage of

Jose and angel are great in every aspect. I have been taking my vehicles to them for a couole of years. As a woman i feel comfortable going here and not being taken advantage of. Always very helpful, nice and knowledgeable. Will continue going as long as theh are here

Monica J

 I frankly believe that it is hard to find a "straight shooter" in this industry and after about 3 different visits, I think it is time to share my thoughts on this shop

I consulted with the owner on some engine light errors. He determined it was not what they thought it was at a part's store which saved me some money on a part that I did not really need and he properly diagnosed 2 different issues which I thought was done at a much better price than I had expected. I frankly believe that it is hard to find a "straight shooter" in this industry and after about 3 different visits, I think it is time to share my thoughts on this shop. All I need is a straight shooter that will fix only what I need at a fair price and I feel that is the case here.

Jeffrey M.

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Vehicles serviced

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:

Foreign cars

Import european cars

BMW, Mercedes Benz, Audi, Fiat, VolksWagen (VW), Volvo, Mini Cooper, Saab, SmartCar, Porsche, Masterati, Bentley, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Range Rover, Lotus

Japanese and Asian cars

Toyota, Lexus, Honda, Acura, Nissan, Infiniti, Mazda, Hyundai, Suzuki, Subaru, and Kia.

Domestic cars

  • Ford: Lincoln, Mercury, Continental.
  • General Motors: Chevrolet, GMC, Cadillac, Buick, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Saturn, Hummer.
  • Chrysler: Jeep, Dodge, Plymouth, and Ram Trucks.

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About De Soto Ks

De Soto is a city in Johnson and Leavenworth counties in the U.S. state of Kansas, and part of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 5,720, and in 2018 the estimated population was 6,443.

De Soto was incorporated as a city on October 1, 1897.

The city of De Soto was platted in the spring of 1857, named for sixteenth-century Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto.

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