Save money on your next heater hose repair by replacing just the leaky hose instead of the whole assembly. All you need is a rotary tool and a new hose.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine:March 2009
Cut through the crimp ring with a
rotary tool and cutoff wheel or a
Slip on the new hose and secure it with
worm-drive hose clamps.
Leaky, crimped-on heater hoses can be
replaced with new, expensive assemblies. But you can replace
just the leaky section for a fraction of the price. It's simple and
cheap to do with a short matching
length of hose and a new
worm-drive clamp. (You should reuse
the factory spring clamp, but you can't
reuse the old crimp ring.) Check with a
local auto parts store to locate replacement
molded hose sections. Or bring
in the leaking section and see if the
staff can visually match it to a stock
hose for another vehicle.
If you can't find the proper molded
hose, slide a reshaping coil over a straight section of hose and
bend it to the proper angle for your
application. The coil will maintain the
angle and prevent the hose from collapsing
at the bend.
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
You'll also need a rotary tool with a cutoff wheel.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
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