Your BMW has a number of components that rely on belts or hoses in order to operate properly. That's why those belts and hoses were originally installed at the factory, ensuring that everything works right from the start.
What Belts Do
Belts help parts move smoothly. There are two main types of belts under the hood of your BMW. A timing belt turns your engine's camshaft. If it goes bad, your engine will stop working immediately. Serpentine, or drive, belts move most other parts that depend on belts. Those include your power steering, water pump, and alternator. For the most part, if a drive belt fails you should be able to drive somewhere safe before undertaking a repair project.
What Hoses Do
Hoses are responsible for transporting liquid to lubricate and keep parts cool. For instance, coolant flows between from your radiator and engine through a series of hoses.
Then there are the parts, such as your air conditioning and heating system, count on both belts and hoses to work as they should.
How to Spot Failing Belts and Hoses
You'll want to consult your owner's manual for a guide as to how often you should change your belts and hoses, but you also want to make a habit of checking them yourself for any signs of problems. These include:
- Frayed belts
- Slackness, or looseness, in the belts
- Pools of liquid forming underneath your BMW
- Cracks in the hoses
If you believe your belts or hoses are starting to go bad, replace them as soon as possible. When it comes to your BMW, your best bet is to buy genuine OEM belts and hoses. They are, after all, the only ones that are guaranteed to be compatible with your model and fit its specifications. Find everything you need right here in our online auto parts center, in stock and ready to be shipped out. Order today and save!
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