Parma Tire Auto Repair Service

& Automotive Inc


Two locations to service your car or truck:

Parma Ohio

5966 State Road

(4 blks. South of Snow Rd.)

(440) 885-0080


Brunswick Ohio

1145 Pearl Road

(1/2 Mile North of Rt. 303)

(330) 273-5575


 Business Hours:

 Mon - Fri:

 8am - 6pm


 8am - 3pm

 Closed Sunday


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Belts & Hoses

Exposure to heat, vibration and contamination makes belts and hoses wear out faster than any other components in your car. That's why regular inspections are so important. Here are the belt and hose types in your car, along with their applications.



The hoses that convey your car's fluids are made of two rubber layers with a layer of fabric in between. Typical hoses include:


  Radiator Hose and Heater Hoses

    These hoses convey coolant to the engine and heater core.

  • Fuel Hose

    As the name implies, this hose transports gasoline from the tank to the engine.

  • Power Steering Hose

   It connects the power steering pump to the steering gear.


Accessory Drive Belts

While some accessories in your car or truck are electrically powered by the charging system, others use the engine itself as their power source. The power for these accessories is delivered by a system of pulleys and belts. Examples of these accessories are:


  • Alternator

  • Water Pump for engine cooling

  • Power Steering Pump

  • Air Conditioning Compressor

  • Radiator Cooling Fan

  • Many late model cars use a single serpentine belt in place of individual belts to drive these accessories.



Related Components:

Cooling System


Radiator Hose

Heater Hose

Fuel Hose

Power Steering Hose

Heater Core

Engine Coolant

Power Steering Pump

Timing Belt

Serpentine Belt


Water Pump

Power Steering Pump

Air Conditioning


Radiator Cooling Fan

Steering Gear

Electrical Charging System







Timing Belts .... What Are They?

Piston engines can generally be divided into two groups-Interference AND non-interference engines.
If a timing belt breaks on a non-Interference engine the engine will 'free-wheel' and the piston will not contact the valves.

On the other hand, interference engines will not 'free-wheel". Severe valve train and piston damage can result if the timing belt breaks while the engine is running.


What Else Should Be Done at the Same Time?
In most cases, several other items need to be addressed at the same time as the timing belt. Even though it adds more to the cost now, it will save you in the long run. These additional items include (components pictured, right):
Replacing the water pump.
Replacing the drive belts (serpentine belts).
Inspecting the timing belt tensioner.
Inspection the timing belt idler pulley(s).

Most manufactures have recommended replacement Intervals for replacing timing belts. A typical service Interval in between 50,000 and 60,000 miles. It is important to replace timing belts at recommended Intervals even if the vehicle has a non-interference engine. Proper maintenance prevents expensive tow bills and possible accidents due to loss of engine power while traveling at highway speeds.


Serpentine Belt

You know that long belt that snakes around the front of your engine? It’s called the serpentine belt. The serpentine belt is driven by the engine as it turns. It powers your alternatorair conditioning compressor, and power steering pump. On some vehicles it also runs the water pumpradiator fan, and power brakes. Sounds like a lot of important stuff doesn’t it?
If your serpentine belt were to break on one of our Northeast Ohio roads, your battery would die in a few miles. If it runs your fan or water pump, your engine could overheat. And steering and braking could be more difficult. Obviously, the best thing is to replace your serpentine belt before it breaks.

Check your owner’s manual for when it’s recommended that you replace your serpentine belt – or just ask a service advisor at Parma Tire & Automotive. We can inspect the belt as well to see if it’s in trouble.

You may have been told by a service advisor to look for cracks in your belt to see if it needs to be replaced. Of course, cracks are still a concern, but modern belt material doesn’t crack as often as old belts did. What we look for these days is the thickness of the belt. There are tools available that measures the depth of the grooves in the belt to see if it needs replacing.

A worn belt can slip or be misaligned, putting undue stress on the accessories it runs.

Now you can imagine it’s important for the belt to be tight, so there’s a tensioner pulley on your engine that puts pressure on the belt to keep it at the right tension. The spring on the tensioner wears out over time so we recommend replacing the tensioner pulley at the same time as the serpentine belt.

Replacing your serpentine belt on schedule, or when an inspection warrants it, will keep you from an unexpected breakdown.


Radiator & Coolant Hoses

Radiator and coolant hoses are vital to keep your engine from overheating. With time and use, hoses become brittle and weak. Don't wait for a failed radiator or coolant hose to leave you stranded.


Coolant System Components:

Radiator and Cooling System Service

  • Heater Core

  • Heater Hoses

  • Pressure Cap

  • Thermostat

  • Upper Radiator Hose

  • Radiator

  • Fan

  • Water Pump

  • Transmission Cooler

  • Lower Radiator Hose

  • Reserve Tank

  • Antifreeze


Cooling hoses should be replaced every 5 years or 100,000 miles.











Parma Tire Auto Repair Service

& Automotive Inc

Parma Ohio

5966 State Road

(4 blks. South of Snow Rd.)

(440) 885-0080


Brunswick Ohio

1145 Pearl Road

(1/2 Mile North of Rt. 303)

(330) 273-5575


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