Why You Need to Check Your Car’s Hoses
Over time, hoses can weaken and if they’re not replaced, they can break and cause the engine to overheat and / or end up in a steamy mess under the hood. Overheating can result in expensive repair bills.
In a recent survey, about 10% of vehicles inspected had a hose that needed replacing. Yet in most cases, the owners were totally unaware of the condition of these parts.
When the weather heats up, the last thing you want is one of your car hoses to break down causing an overheated engine and leaving you stranded. We’ll walk you through this easy monthly maintenance check you can do yourself.
Most hoses fail from the inside out. Rubber hoses, which are actually made of neoprene or other synthetic materials, can deteriorate with age and exposure to heat. Tiny cracks develop in the rubber, which eventually cause the hose to split, blister, or leak. Oil on the outside of the coolant hose can also accelerate the breakdown of the hose material. This type of deterioration can usually be seen on the outside.
When you check your hoses, you should first make sure the engine is cold to avoid any chance of burning yourself. The easiest way to check the condition of a hose is to squeeze it. It should feel firm but flexible. Worn hoses often feel squishy. Look for any signs of:
1. Softness and swelling
2. Hardening and cracks
3. Chafing and heat damage
Hoses are a relatively inexpensive part to replace, but the damage caused by a bad hose can lead to a very costly repair.
If you have questions about your vehicle’s hoses, or want to schedule a service appointment, please call us at (866) 900-8854.