Your vehicle’s cooling system has several hoses which transport coolant back and forth between the radiator and the engine. This allows the engine to maintain a safe temperature, preventing overheating from occurring.
Most cars have two radiator hoses called the upper and lower hoses.
The upper radiator hose transfers hot coolant from the engine back to the radiator, allowing the coolant’s heat to be removed.
Once the heat has been removed from the coolant, it is sent back to the engine via the lower radiator hose.
When Should I Replace My Radiator Hose?
There is no set lifespan for a radiator hose. On average, they should last for at least five years, but some will last longer, especially if you’re vigilant about having your coolant changed and your vehicle maintained properly.
5 Signs It’s Time For A Radiator Hose Replacement In Fairfax, VA
- Cracks or splits in the hose
- Bulges in the hose
- A “crunchy” feel when squeezing a hose (do not check this while hot)
- Bulging or damaged ends (where the hose connects to the radiator)
- Coolant leaks (Coolant can vary in color so if you suspect a leak, we recommend you visit us for an inspection)