Vehicles today are built with components designed for longevity and durability. This has made vehicle maintenance a relatively painless process, if you stay on top of it. A group of often overlooked components are the coolant and heater hoses. These pieces of rubber are subjected to a constant flow of hot coolant inside, and extreme temperatures outside as well.
The Car Care Council of America holds annual inspection clinics where they examine vehicles and educate customers about what is really going on under the hood of their car. They have found that of the vehicles needing repairs, about 1/3 of them needed hoses replaced.
So how does one know when to replace them? Do you wait until it breaks? Or do you change it before you even know something is wrong? Well the latter is the best route to go for a few reasons.
First, many people will look under the hood and see that the outside of the hoses look alright, but it is what’s happening inside that should be of a higher concern. Hoses deteriorate from the inside out. The next time you have your hoses replaced, ask the ASE certified technician to show you the old hoses so you can get an idea of what is happening to the inside of it.
Second, if you wait until the point that the hose bursts, you risk incurring a much higher repair bill (plus the towing bill) than if you had performed the repair as a preventative service. And not only will the bill be higher, but you will most certainly be inconvenienced much more since you’ll have to deal with the tow truck and also with being without your car while it’s getting fixed.
So should you find yourself questioning whether or not to replace your hoses, look for auto repair in Plainview that has ASE certified technicians that you can trust and have them inspect your car and see what their opinion is. You can also consult your owner’s manual to see when the manufacturer recommends you change them.