Many parts have to move at the same time for your Mercedes-Benz to run properly. Its belts and hoses are what move them. How both work is pretty straightforward.
What Belts Do
Belts move parts mechanically -- in other words, by machine, using other parts. Two main examples:
- Serpentine and drive belts: these move parts in your alternator, power steering system, and more.
- Timing belts and chains: these rotate your camshaft, keeping your engine valves and pistons pumping at the right times.
What Hoses Do
Hoses move parts hydraulically -- in other words, using liquid pressure. Several primary examples:
- Radiator hoses: these move coolant to and fro between your radiator and engine.
- Heater core hoses: these pass coolant along your heating and air conditioning systems, helping warm your cabin.
- Fuel hoses: these connect your engine to your gas tank if you're driving an older Mercedes-Benz vehicle.
- Brake hoses: push brake fluid through brake lines to brake calipers and pads, fastening them to brake rotors.
There are more than a few other belts and hoses that do even more. However, either can go bad, unfortunately.
What Are the Signs Belts and Hoses Are Failing or Have Gone Bad?
- Leaking hoses
- Visible damage
- Squeaky belts
- Battery problems
- Interior lighting malfunctions
- Engine misfires
- Engine overheats
- Systems failures
Luckily, if you need new belts and hoses, you can order them right here at our auto parts store. They'll be genuine Mercedes-Benz, too, compatible with your car or SUV right off the shelf. Buy now and you'll be taking care of much-needed repairs in no time.
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