How Often Should Hoses Be Replaced?

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Your engine needs coolant, the power steering rack needs fluid, and the calipers need fluid to squeeze the rotors to stop the car. Most fluids make their way to their destination through hoses. Those hoses are generally made of rubber and they wear out over time. Different types of hoses are subject to different amounts of wear and tear, and therefore have different lifespans.

How often should hoses be replaced?

Most automakers and belt manufacturers recommend having your hoses replaced once every 4 years or so. Of course, this will vary with mileage – a car that’s heavily driven may need to have the hoses replaced much sooner.

How to tell if your hoses need to be replaced

There are several key things to look for, including kinks, stiff or brittle texture, surface cracks, and bulges or bubbles.

Inspect the hoses and note any kinks or obvious signs of wear. Squeeze the radiator hoses (when cool ONLY) and see how they feel. If hoses are soft and pliable, there is no need to replace them. However, if hoses feel stiff, crackly, or brittle, they need to be replaced.

While squeezing the hoses, inspect the surface for small cracks. These can easily become big problems, as they’re the primary point for a “blown” hose.

You can also check where the hoses connect to the inlet or outlet pipe. Look for bulges or bubbles around the hose clamps, as this is a sign of impending failure.

Hoses can last a long time, but replacing them before they fail is always the better option, as it could prevent you from being stranded on the side of the road waiting for help to arrive.


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Scott

35 years of experience
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Scott
35 years of experience
BMW X3 - Radiator Hose - Mesa, Arizona
Scott is extremely professional and easy going. He was very clear with me about what was going on with my car and he finished rather soon which I appreciate. A very nice man and did a wonderful job on my BMW. Next time I use yourmechanic I want him.
Dodge Caravan - Radiator Hose - San Tan Valley, Arizona
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Mazyar

7 years of experience
156 reviews
Mazyar
7 years of experience
Subaru Forester - Radiator Hose - Atlanta, Georgia
Mazyar (Mark) is the only mechanic I want working on my Subaru. Period. He's pleasant, honest and reliable. If you want to have confidence in your mechanic, look no further. He's the best!!
Kia Rio - Radiator Hose - Stone Mountain, Georgia
I’m always satisfied with Mazyar’s work. I trust him to recommend the services I really need, and I’ll book him in future.

Trung

11 years of experience
408 reviews
Trung
11 years of experience
Honda Civic - Radiator Hose - Fremont, California
Trung came before time and patiently listened to what I wanted to be done. He quietly went about completing his task on time and in the end even provided a coupon which lowered the cost of the current quote. He is definitely someone I will approach in the future.

Deane

10 years of experience
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Deane
10 years of experience
Hyundai XG350 - Radiator Hose - San Diego, California
Deane is a great mechanic and an honest communicator. He makes sure you understand what the problems are and what you’re signing up for to have completed. I would and have recommended Deane to others!

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