The components of your vehicle need to work together to achieve their predefined purposes. Hoses connect the heater, air conditioning, radiator, power steering, fuel and vacuum lines in your vehicle. While hoses perform a stupendous job in the vehicle, they are among the most overlooked components. They are also among the weakest components in the cooling systems. They are commonly made of rubber to absorb vibrations. Hoses are subjected to extreme temperatures and are designed to withstand high pressure.
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Hoses in a vehicle include:
Heater hoses carry engine coolant from the heater core. They are unaffected by coolants and coolant additives. Heater hoses can withstand the high pressure of the cooling system. They help the engine to operate at optimal temperatures ensuring peak performance and preventing engine damage.
Brake system hoses
These are a flexible connection that conveys hydraulic pressure to the calipers and wheel cylinders. They are found between the wheel brakes and brake pipes.
Supply fuel hose carries fuel from the tank to the engine while the return fuel hose carries excess fuel back to the tank. Whenever the engine is running there is a constant supply of fuel being conveyed from the tank t0 the engine through hoses. Typical fuel hoses are made of synthetic rubber.
Other hoses include:
- Automatic transmission hoses
- Air conditioning system hoses
- Radiators hoses
- Coolant Hoses
- Lubrication hoses
Coolant hoses convey coolant fluid from the vehicle’s radiator to the engine and then back to the radiator. The transfer of heat from the radiator prevents the car from overheating. Therefore, if one other hoses leaks or becomes faulty your engine might start overheating. Some of the coolant hoses include heater hoses, upper and lower radiator hoses.
Radiator hoses carry the coolant to the radiator where it’s cooled and then back to the engine. The upper hoses are connected from the engine top at thermostat housing to the radiator top. The lower hose, on the other hand, connects the radiator to the engine water pump. They offer a flexible connection between radiator, engine, heating block and the engine block.
Below is some basic maintenance practice to prevent coolant hose from failing.
- Inspect for leaks, bulges, cracks
- Flush the coolant and replace according to the manufacturer’s conditions
- Check the proper coolant level. If it is low even after refilling then it possible there is a leak
Hoses failure could result in loss of power steering or engine overheating. Overheating can cause serious internal damages which may end up costing expensive repairs.
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