The hoses in your vehicle are an important part of the overall function and operability of your car. When the hoses go bad, it can cause a wide range of expensive problems that will need to be fixed. Hoses are often considered the weakest component of your car since they’re made of a flexible rubber material that absorbs vibrations when you drive. So, should you have your hoses regularly inspected? Read on to find out more.
Hoses in an engine can easily wear down after an extended period of time. Whether it’s heat-related damage or simple wear and tear, the material cannot withstand prolonged periods of heat or vibration. As the hose is exposed to these problems, it begins to wear out and could even come loose from the fittings. When the hose gets loosened, it can cause serious leaks and may even cause your car to overheat if it’s the coolant hose. The rubber compounds can also be attached by cooling fluid and other fluids. Combined with extreme temperatures, dirt, and sludge, it’s no surprise that they eventually fail.
What Can You Do?
Luckily, there are things you can do on your own to inspect your hoses. Make sure your coolant tank is at the proper level of fluids. If the tank gets low after you’ve refilled it more than once, you may have a leak. Perform a visual check of your hoses and look for any cracks or flexing in the material. Hoses that are “bowed out” are likely near the end of their lifespan. Be on the lookout for signs of distress like cracks, nicks, or even a collapsed section of the hose. You may also notice rust or fraying near the hose’s connection points.
You can also do a tactile inspection of your hoses. When the engine is cooled off, squeeze the hose using your thumb and forefinger near the clamps or connection points. If it feels soft or mushy, it’s probably time for a replacement. Healthy hoses should feel a bit more rigid and able to “bounce back” after being squeezed. Remember that inspecting radiator hoses can be dangerous, so never do so until the engine is completely cooled. Never remove your radiator cap when the engine is hot either. When in doubt, it’s always best to enlist the help of a trained and skilled mechanic who can inspect all your hoses and make the recommendations for proper repair.
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