All FAQS - Belts & Hoses

Belts & Hoses FAQS

Sharp Transmissions is pleased to provide the following frequently asked questions about automotive belt and hose repair that our team of technicians often hear from our customers in and around the greater Kingston area.

When do I change my belts & hoses?

Sharp Transmissions recommends changing your vehicle's belts and hoses at 35,000 and 60,000 miles. The best time to replace belts and hoses is prior to the hot Kingston summer months. The cost to change belts and hoses can vary from one engine type to another.

How do I stop fan belt squealing?

Sharp Transmissions picture of fan belt Sharp Transmissions knows that nothing can be more embarrassing than driving around the streets of the greater Kingston area with a squeaky fan belt under the hood of a car. Aside from being embarrassing, a squeaky fan belt can be mildly if not terribly bothersome when listening to it squeal for extended periods of time. Sometimes a belt will squeal upon starting a vehicle and will disappear shortly thereafter. Other times though the squealing belt problem will last for the duration of the time the car engine is running. Sharp Transmissions is happy to offer the following free automotive repair advice to our customers in the Kingston area who have a problem with a squeaking fan belt.

Belt dressing is a product available at most auto repair supply stores and can work wonders when the instructions on the package are followed correctly. Belt dressing has the ability to work wonders for stopping a belt from squealing and prevent the squealing from returning for quite some after applied.

If a belt squealing problem happens when it is not possible to purchase belt dressing or it is more desirable to save on expenses there is an "old-fashioned" way to stop a belt from squealing - bar soap! That's right, ordinary bar soap can usually stop the squealing when rubbed on a fan belt. Just a few rubs on the belt with bar soap can solve the bar squealing problem for quite some time and save money in the process.

Sharp Transmissions always stresses to our customers in the Kingston area with a squealing fan belt that it is always important to be safe when working around an engine and turning off the engine is the best bet when applying either belt dressing or bar soap to a fan belt to solve a squealing belt problem.

What is a serpentine belt?

Sharp Transmissions picture of serpentine belt Sharp Transmissions is sometimes asked by our customers in the Kingston area "what is a serpentine belt"? When asked, one of the skilled auto mechanics on the Sharp Transmissions team will tell our customers that were they to take a look at the underside of their vehicle they would either notice a single belt woven through several pulleys or a system of belts connected to pulleys in front of the vehicle's engine. When only one belt is present, that belt would a serpentine belt. The serpentine belt is distinguished from other belts in that it is one continuous belt that connects itself to multiple devices. On older model vehicles, multiple belts were employed to drive the various engine compartment devices. But after the serpentine belt was developed in 1979, the majority of, if not all, vehicle manufacturers began using serpentine belts due to their ease of use and overall efficiency. One of the primary benefits of using a serpentine belt is that in older model vehicles, components such the alternator, air and power steering pumps were all connected to belt systems and if one belt broke a vehicle's owner might not be aware of losing operation of one component. Alternatively with a serpentine belt all the pulleys of the various components are connected meaning a driver will know quickly if the serpentine belt breaks because ALL the components, to include power steering, will suffer immediately or completely shut down. If you live in the greater Kingston area and are having a problem with your serpentine belt and want the advice of a qualified and skilled auto repair specialist please contact Sharp Transmissions!

Satisfied Customers

1/1/2009

My experience with Sharp Transmissions has always been positive. They were honest about what needed to be done on my vehicles and went above and beyond with their quality of work.

Barbara G. G.
Kingston NY,

2/7/2013

Thanks again Sharp Transmission, you earned 5 stars from this customer.

Tina Gomo
Highland NY,

8/1/2012

I have had a great experience here! Two solenoids on my transmission were replaced, lowest price in town, with a one day turn around. Everyone was respectful and prompt

Jenna W.
Port Ewen NY,

3/14/2013

I got my truck back a few days later with the transmission rebuilt by Milt and his team and it runs perfectly.

Fred Rasmussen
Kingston NY,

3/18/2013

I'm glad that over the last few years Sharp Transmissions has expanded it's services to include ALL things automotive.

John Platania
Rhinebeck NY,

7/21/2015

You really are one of the last of the Good Guys!

Mr.Henry Sobeck
Saugerties, New York

5/21/2014

For over 25 years Sharp Transmissions has been our one and only call.

Gary Arold
Kingston NY,

10/21/2014

When my local shop could not handle my car's transmission problem, I was advised to go to Sharp in Kingston.

Jean K
Kerhonkson,

11/8/2012

When all was said and done, I got the oil change, a transmission flush, a new battery, and a new air filter for a price that I'm positive would have been about triple at the dealer.

Leslie G.
Kingston NY,

1/1/2015

A real professional i would take any car with any problem to this place.its hard to find a mechanic you can trust and Milt is just that.

Mr.Jay Wells
Accord, New York

1/10/2015

They are my only car care providers now and I bring my vehicles to them for everything. They earned my trust and loyalty with their fair prices and honesty.

Mr.Stephen Tresco
Rhinebeck, New York

3/8/2013

I would definitely recommend Sharp Transmission to anyone who needs this type of work done and wants to know the cost will be low and the quality high.

Mrs.Elizabeth Murphy
Saugerties, New York

10/1/2013

The timing was exactly as he predicted and the final price if the transmission matched the estimate.

Elizabeth Murphy
Saugerties NY,

3/10/2013

Great service! Honest and reliable care always!

Laura Hawthorne
Tivoli NY,

1/26/2012

They even do more than just transmissions, and are experts in all aspects of car repairs - which is a big help to me since I have had bad experiences at other repair shops in the past and like to stick with a place I can trust - plus it is just more convenient for me to take my care to one place as oppossed to many various specialists.

Leah C.
Albany NY,

4/27/2011

The mechanic (Milt) test drove my minivan hooking the computer to locate the problem alongside me. After the test, he told me that it was not the transmission problem; it was a problem with Throttle Position Censor (TPS). He replaced the TPS while I waited. I paid $300 for this service. They were very professional and courteous.

Shafiul Choudhury
Saugerties NY,

3/10/2013

I highly recommend Sharp Transmission and Milt to anyone wanting top quality service.

Barry Greene
Stone Ridge NY,

6/23/2010

If you think you have a transmission issue?, TAKE IT TO SHARP!!

GoodHorsekeeping GoodHorsekeeping
Kerhonkson NY,

6/19/2010

Their prices are very reasonable and they always explain everything and tell me what options I have. I highly recommend them.

Anna C.
Stone Ridge NY,

3/10/2013

You want the best, you got the best!.

Dave Reuter
Hyde Park NY,

2/10/2012

Thanks Milt!!! For the great service and honesty that's hard to find in this world today....

Thomas T.
Long Island NY,

9/7/2012

Quick turn around time. Friendly, curteous, knowledgeable staff. A+ all the way

M.Zucco Zucco
Poughkeepsie NY,

11/23/2011

Very impressed by Sharp Transmission. Did great work on my old Hondy Odyssey 1999. Offered followup testing and did a thorough and decent job. Communicated well. The mechanics were very knowledgeable and helpful

J.H. J.H.
New Paltz NY,

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