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November 8, 2012, 6:43 pm

Zaven A
 

Question: Hoses & Belts

I'm still on the original hoses & belts. When I inspect them they appear "like new." I don't want to havea break down while I'm on a trip. Based on age & mileage am I likely to have a sudden breakdown?


November 22, 2012, 1:27 pm

Tyler O
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Hard to say. You should take it in for full inspection. Replace any components that are aged or worn past safe service life. Let the shop know that you plan on taking long trips and dont want a breakdowns.

It's also important to take a close look at the tires age, wear, and pressure (including spare!) before every trip.


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November 23, 2012, 7:33 am

Zaven A
 

It's about what I expected...since the mechanic is unable to actually check the belts and hoses. Tires have always been maintained with proper inflation, show no abnormal wear and have been rotated even more frequently than usually recommended. There is still good tread present. I've been very pleased with these Michelin tires (and they're the originals, also. Thanks for the advice!


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November 23, 2012, 7:36 am

Zaven A
 

I forgot to mention that I took a 250 mile trip yesterday...drove almost entire trip on cruise control and my mpg was 31.4 mpg (minimal local driving was involved at the two ends of the trip).


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