Best Auto Repair Shop Bellevue NE

Yecks Tire and Auto Repair Shop

"Voted Best Auto Repair Shop in Sarpy County"        .

Bellevue Nebraska Car Repair Service

203 Fort Crook Road N. Bellevue, Nebraska 68005   Ph 402.293.1200


Bring your car into Yeck's Auto Repair for a cooling system check, Inspection of radiator hoses and fluids along with timing belt, serpentine belt are just a few of the 51-point inspections that Yeck's auto service garage performs.



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.

Accessory Drive Belts

While some accessories in your car 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.



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 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.


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Serpentine Belt

You know that long belt that snakes around the front of your engine? Itís called the serpentine belt. The serpentine belt is driven by the engine as it turns. It powers your alternator, air conditioning compressor, and power steering pump. On some vehicles it also runs the water pump, radiator fan, and power brakes. Sounds like a lot of important stuff doesnít it?


If your serpentine belt were to break on one of our Eastern Nebraska 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 ownerís manual for when itís recommended that you replace your serpentine belt Ė or just ask your Bellevue Nebraska service advisor at Yeckís Tire & Auto Repair by calling 402.293.1200. Yeck's can inspect the belt as well to see if itís in trouble.


You may have been told by a service advisor in Bellevue 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 doesnít crack as often as old belts did. What we look for these days is the thickness of the belt. We have a special little tool at Yeckís Tire & Auto Repair 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 itís important for the belt to be tight, so thereís 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.



Serpentine Belt Replacement At Yeckís Tire & Auto Repair

Todayís Yeckís Tire & Auto Repair article focuses on your serpentine belt.


Your serpentine belt is a long belt thatís driven by your engine. It winds around several accessories that power important automotive systems. Letís go over them.


First, the serpentine belt drives your air conditioning system. Next, the belt powers the alternator.


The serpentine belt may also run the pumps for both the power steering and power brakes. Serpentine car and truck Belt Replacement At Yeck's Auto and Tire Repairof Bellevue NebraskaIn some cars, power steering may have an electric drive and power brakes can be vacuum driven.


And, on many vehicles, the serpentine belt powers the water pump (on some cars, the water pump is powered by the timing belt).


Your Yeckís Tire & Auto Repair service technician can perform a visual inspection of the belt to see if it has any cracks that signal the belt could fail soon and will measure the amount of belt material to make sure there is enough.


Eastern Sarpy County drivers should be aware that thereís a special, spring loaded pulley attached to the engine called the tensioner pulley and sometimes an extra pulley call the idler pulley. Their job is to make sure thereís a constant tension on the serpentine belt so that it doesnít slip. The spring can become worn and no longer provide the necessary pressure to keep the belt tight. Thatís why itís often recommended that the tensioner, and the idler pulley if so equipped, be replaced at the same time as the serpentine belt.


All in all, the serpentine beltís an important part for the function of your car. And itís not that expensive to replace at Yeckís Tire & Auto Repair Ė so itís good to do so before it fails.




Yeck's Tire & Auto Repair ● 203 Fort Crook Rd, N. ● Bellevue, NE 68005

Ph 402.293.1200

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