Engine Belt and Hose Service

When everything is running properly, you never give your vehicle’s belts and hoses a second thought. When they break though, it becomes a big problem very quickly.

Engine Hoses

Engine hoses are designed to carry liquids. If a radiator hose develops a crack or hole, the coolant may leak, and the engine temperature could climb quickly. An overheated engine may leave you unable to continue driving. A quick visual inspection can determine if your vehicle’s hoses need to be replaced before they fail, possibly leaving you stranded.

Serpentine Belts

Your vehicle’s engine belts are critical to the cooling, air conditioning, and charging systems of the engine. If you look under your hood, you’ll find either Serpentine belts or belts that form a V.  The belts are used to turn the water pump, power steering, alternator, and air-conditioning compressor. These belts are made of a specific blend of rubber that is designed to operate in the extremely hot engine compartment. While they are designed for long life, they do wear out or crack eventually. If the belt breaks, your vehicle could be left inoperable on the side of the road.

 

Timing Belts

Your timing belt plays a vital role in your engine’s performance and operation. As its name implies, the timing belt is responsible for the timing of the engine. If it’s damaged or stretched, your engine may not run properly. Many manufacturers recommend replacing the timing belt every 100,000 kms. It is a good idea to inspect your timing belt every 15,000 kms. What will your Paragon Motors technician look for while inspecting your timing belt?

  1. Timing belts will wear down from normal everyday usage, and more rapidly if the engine is put under extra strain such as pulling a trailer or operating in wet weather.
  2. Worn edges with the filaments visible.
  3. Cracking anywhere along the length of the belt. Your technician will inspect both sides.
  4. Glazing or shiny surface on the timing belt. This is a warning sign that your belt has lost some of its flexibility and may be more prone to breakage.
  5. Material collecting on parts. As the timing belt wears away debris builds up in the rib cross-sections. This can cause belt noise and unwanted vibration.
  6. Elongation or stretching. This reduces the tension on the belt and reduces the required power to the accessories.
  7. Misalignment wear resulting from the tensioner’s internal components malfunctioning. This will likely lead to excessive vibration, noise and potential overheating.

It’s like they say, “timing is everything”, and that goes double for your vehicle’s performance. Make sure your timing belt is inspected by Paragon Motors on a regular basis.

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  • Chris Roi Avatar
    Chris Roi

    Hands down one of the best autoshops in town. Quality service and they never try and upsell you something you don't need. You'll get informed on when to do your next repair and the urgency of it. My new auto shop hands down I'll be going back for anything else... read more -

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    George Sartori

    Drew and his team gave us great service, very good workmanship and a good price. Drew got my elderly mother’s car in for some major repairs, in the last week before Christmas. Would recommend Paragon Motors to anyone, excellent in every way. -

  • Liam Powell Avatar
    Liam Powell

    I contacted the guys at Paragon Motors whilst out of the country, as I was needing a pre purchase inspection done for a vehicle. Drew was nothing short of exceptional in his service, demeanour and willingness to take the time to speak with me. Calling from my home in Australia... read more -

  • Carla Polischuk Avatar
    Carla Polischuk

    Rick and his crew at Paragon motors are awesome!! They are knowledgeable and friendly...the service is great!!!
    I trust them with my car 100%!!!
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  • Matthew Richardson Avatar
    Matthew Richardson

    Paragon Motors was a delight. Not only did they give us the best price, but they actually fixed what was wrong. We had taken our car to another place first and they misdiagnosed the problem. Rick took it around the block and knew exactly what to do to get it... read more -

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    Frank Rinella

    Rick is a mechanical genius. They care about their reputation about customer service and doing a quality job. Just awesome.
    Nice comfortable waiting area with spot to plug in a laptop or phone. Massage chair...bonus! Decent coffee machine that pumps out coffee or chocolate and everything in between.
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  • Carla Polischuk Avatar
    Carla Polischuk

    Rick and the boys at Paragon have taken care of my BMW for years and I won"t take her to anyone else!!
    Knowledge, experience, integrity, helpful, friendly .... that's what you can expect every time!
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  • Lori Haisty Avatar
    Lori Haisty

    Rang around multiple companies asking for help with my car. Paragon was by far the most cost effective and helpful in helping me understand what was wrong with my car and the repair they were doing.
    Will definitely be a returning customer

    Thanks so much.
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  • Jacqui Allison Avatar
    Jacqui Allison

    What an amazing team. Right from the tow guy Todd to all the shop staff, especially Rick and Drew. Polite, professional and honest. I am now driving my older car with peace of mind knowing how much work they did to keep me on the rd at a reasonable cost.... read more -

  • Anne Garry Avatar
    Anne Garry

    Very knowledgeable staff and owners. Always 10/10 I trust Paragon Motors with all my families vehicle needs and advice. Recommended to everyone! -

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    Debra Clark

    The Paragon Motors team went above and beyond in so many ways to figure out why our F150 was stalling, and to fix the problem quickly so we could safely get back home to Washington state.

    ✔ Fit us in without an appointment when we called and said we're stranded...
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    Freddie Banfield

    Always good. No complaints. Drews the best hands down. -

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    Anita Millar

    They are honest and have been looking after my vehicles for over 25 years! -

  • Erik Kelownaguy Avatar
    Erik Kelownaguy

    Last week I had a problem with the charging system in my Dodge Grand Caravan. I dropped by Paragon hoping they might have time to take a quick look at it. Although they were fully booked and I didn't have an appointment, Drew still managed to fit me... read more -

  • Pauline Eggebrecht Avatar
    Pauline Eggebrecht

    I wanted to buy a car and needed a check up so I called Paragon and got an appointment for the next day. They did the check in an hour and after I got my insurance I could bring the car back to get new ball joints and they were... read more -

  • Jeff Carroll Avatar
    Jeff Carroll

    They are personable and knowledgeable. Timely repairs and will find whatever parts are needed and give you a choice( if available) for oem vs jobber. Highley recommend them -

  • Al Dillabaugh Avatar
    Al Dillabaugh

    This my third time having repairs at paragon, and like the previous..it was a non issue , professional , respectful and knowledgeable are some of words to describe these guys , this time I had my H1 hummer in , as it has been stored for years I had ... read more -

  • John Cook Avatar
    John Cook

    Excellent service and the prices are more than fair. Zero complaints and I will be going back. -

  • Mike Curliss Avatar
    Mike Curliss

    Very professional, polite and easy to deal with. Fixed the problem on time and on budget. Great job. -

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    wouter van der hall

    Pleasant and skilled staff/owners. Always ready to help and adjust to your schedule when needed for more elaborate repairs. Nice massage chair in the waiting area too! Would certainly recommend. -

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