What specialty tools are needed for servicing engine hoses?
You need a minimal number of tools to service the hoses on your vehicle.
The very first thing you need is a container to hold all of the coolant that you will drain from the cooling system of your car. Do not just let the coolant drain to the ground; it would eventually contaminate the groundwater supply. Engine coolant is considered a hazardous material and must be disposed of in a manner prescribed by law. The best way to dispose of used coolant is to take it to a recycling facility (auto parts store, hazardous waste collection site, etc.).
You will also need either a pair of slip joint pliers or a 1/4" ratchet with socket to use on hose clamps. Which tool you use will depend on what type of hose clamp you’re dealing with.
You may also need a hose removal tool. This tool is inserted under a hose to break the seal between the hose and its connection.
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