At Cary Car Care we do everything in our power to make sure you are as informed as possible when it comes to your car. This is important not only for day-to-day maintenance but so you can better understand what we do and why we do it. In this edition of Helpful Car Care Tips we will be covering Belts and Hoses, Brakes and Exhaust. You can read up on our previous post covering Vehicle Systems and Parts that specifically covered the Engine, Fuel System, Transmission and Emission System HERE. Belts and Hoses Your car’s belts and hoses are essential to the cooling, air conditioning and charging systems, and the engine. The timing belt keeps the crankshaft and camshaft mechanically synchronized to maintain engine timing. The belts on the outside of the engine (serpentine, V-belt, fan belt) transmit power from the front of the engine to accessories that need to be driven, such as the A/C, charging system and fans. Radiators and hoses carry coolant to and from the engine, radiator and heater core. If you hear a squeaking noise from under the hood, notice a coolant leak, find your engine overheating and/or smell burnt rubber – there could be an issue. Brake System The brake system in your car is its most critical safety system and ensures safe vehicle control and operation. Brakes are a normal wear item in any car and will eventually need replacement - just make sure you avoid letting your brakes get to the “metal-to-metal” point that usually leads to expensive rotor or drum replacement. If your brake pedal begins to feel “mushy” or you are hearing any unusual noises when you step on it – contact us for the best brake service in Cary, NC!. Exhaust System The exhaust system routes dangerous exhaust gas from the engine out and away from the car to keep from affecting you and your family. Exhaust systems have come a long way from the old days of pipes and mufflers. Today, the exhaust system is safety and emissions control rolled into one. Maintain a safe car with regular exhaust system checks and be especially concerned if you hear rattling noises when starting, accelerating or braking or begin to notice a rotten eggs smell. ***** Thanks so much for reading! In our next edition of Helpful Car Care Tips we’ll finish our series on Vehicle Systems and Parts and will specifically cover Filters and Fluids, Lighting and Wipers and Batteries.