How to Buy a Good Quality Radiator Hose

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You don't think about leaks until all of a sudden your vehicle fails to start, or starts sputtering as you're driving. If the coolant in your radiator is unable to reach the components in your engine, then chaos ensues - your engine will start sputtering and grinding as it overheats and the next thing you know billows of smoke are coming out from under your hood. Assuring that your radiator hose is working correctly will save you from a much more expensive fix in the future.

There are a variety of types of radiator hoses, all mostly made of rubber - although rubber deteriorates rather quickly, it is still the best overall material to make a hose out of.

First, note a few things about radiator hoses:

  • There are two different radiator hoses, and both are required to make the system function.

  • Be sure you check to see which of the two hoses - upper or lower - is damaged, so you're getting the correct hose to solve your problem. If you're not sure which hose is damaged, there is a combo upper/lower hose that will fit either the upper or the lower area

  • There are different radiator hoses based on your vehicle, so be sure to check with your owners manual to get the right version of your radiator hose.

The three types of hoses are accordion hoses, molded hoses and common hoses - and each hose does the job in a slightly different fashion. When you are ready to buy a new hose, here are the two main options you will look at:

  • Molded hoses: Molded hoses can be created from either custom silicone or stainless steel and are pre-shaped based on the equipment manufacturer's custom requirements. These specific hose types were created to make easy connections to the radiator as well as allowing coolant to flow easily. However, they do not fit every different model of vehicle.

  • Flex hoses: Flex radiator hoses have a corrugated cover that bends easily, flexing to fit. These are designed to match OEM specs and contain a silicone rubber to help them form to the correct shape with ease.

Radiator hoses are a critical part of your vehicle's cooling system, keeping the coolant flowing back to the engine and keeping the engine cool and clean.

YourMechanic supplies top-quality radiator hoses to our certified mobile technicians. We can also install a radiator hose that you've purchased. Click here to get a quote and more information on radiator hose replacement.


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Mazyar

7 years of experience
203 reviews
Mazyar
7 years of experience
Volvo XC90 - Radiator Hose - Lithia Springs, Georgia
Very detailed mechanic and believes in documenting and images to get job done correctly. Thanks for coming out during this COVID-19 Crisis!! Thanks!!
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!!

Scott

35 years of experience
640 reviews
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
Excellent person and even better mechanic. Very knowledgeable and extremely friendly. Will take time to answer questions and go up and beyond. Choose this great mechanic. A++

Michael

15 years of experience
529 reviews
Michael
15 years of experience
Infiniti G37 - Radiator Hose - Marietta, Georgia
Mike has replaced a radiator hose on my Infiniti and a CV axle on my daughter's Hyundai, both times for less than the original estimate. Prompt, efficient, reliable and reasonable. Nice guy, too. Highly recommended.

Matt

14 years of experience
40 reviews
Matt
14 years of experience
Infiniti I30 - Radiator Hose - Mesa, Arizona
Matt is a mechanic who is very knowledgeable,efficient,and personable. He will quickly find and fix your car issue as well as explain any further issues and what job or jobs will be needed later to keep your car running and in great shape. I would highly recommend his services to anyone looking to use a mobile mechanic rather than going to or even having to tow the vehicle to a shop to save some time and probably your wallet too. Thanks again to Matt for getting my car running great again and also for the great personable service.

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