Your vehicle has a number of different belts and hoses that allow the car to function in the proper way. These belts and hoses come in a number of shapes and sizes. What they all have in common is that they will eventually need to be replaced.

When you take your car in for regular maintenance, the service technician should check over your vehicle's belts and hoses. In between these times, you should be alert for any problems. If the belts or hoses look worn in any spot, you should take the vehicle in and have the belt or hose replaced. If you notice that any of the hoses that service the coolant system are leaking, get them replaced immediately.

As a general rule, the hoses should be replaced about every four years. Most belts should be replaced every 36,000 miles. The serpentine belt needs to be replaced about every 50,000 miles.