Cooling System Hoses
Changing Cooling System Hoses
If a radiator hose is nearing the end of its life it is better to have it replaced before it splits and causes the car engine to overheat.
As hoses age, they can become soft and swollen and are more likely to split. At other times the rubber becomes hard and can crack and leak.
If a hose needs replacing or has recently been replaced, consideration should be given to replacing the rest of the cooling system hoses as they also are subject to the same wear and tear.
It is generally more economical to change all hoses at the same time, rather than one by one. This has the added advantage of allowing a thorough flush of the cooling system and only one dose of new coolant. lt also saves the further inconvenience of another hose failing soon after one has been replaced.
The radiator cap and thermostat are also vital components in a car’s cooling system and should also he considered for replacement.
The cost of this type of preventive maintenance is far less than repairing the consequences of a badly overheated engine.