One of the most common problems that you can encounter with your car is a problem with the radiator hose. In most cases, the problem would be leakage. It is fairly easy to repair or change a broken radiator hose from your car. By knowing how to do this, you will not need to call for someone else to help you repair our car. This will help you save up to hundreds of dollars. The steps in changing a radiator hose are quite simple. Read on below to learn how to do it.
Here are the steps on how you can change the radiator hose of your car:
Materials. Get all the materials that you will need for this. You will need WD-40, a radiator hose, a screwdriver, a funnel, drain bucket, antifreeze and a small utility knife. You can get some of the materials that you will need from your local automotive shop. You must be sure that you will purchase the correct type of radiator hose for the type of car that you have. If you are not sure, ask the help of someone from the automotive store.
Preparation. Make sure that the engine of your car is turned off before you start working on your car. Locate where the leakage is by surveying where the wet area is on the ground. Before you start working on your car, allow the engine to cool down for at least half an hour. While you are waiting for the car to cool down, set up the drain bucket right under where the leak is.
Remove the old radiator hose. When the vehicle is cool enough, you can start working on it. Get your screwdriver and loosen up the hose. In some cars, the radiator hose will not be easy to pull out. For this, you might need to cut it off from its connection. Be careful when you do this.
Install the new radiator hose. Get the clamps of the radiator and connect them to the new hose. If it is hard for you to connect, use the WD-40 and spray it on the end of the hose that you need to connect. Tighten the fit of the hose to the hose clamps. Afterwards, fill up the radiator with half a mixture of water and antifreeze.
Test the radiator hose. Turn the engine on and keep it running. When you do this, leave the cap of the radiator off. Just keep it running until the engine is warmed up. Check under the car if there are still any leaks from the radiator hose. Afterwards, put on the radiator cap. You have changed your radiator hose successfully.
These are the simple steps on how you can change the radiator hose of your car. Now, you can repair the hose without getting help from anyone. Just make sure that you take the necessary precautions when you work with your car so that you can avoid accidents from happening.