Preventative maintenance through radiator hose replacement

March 7, 2012 12:00 AM

When it comes to auto maintenance, many drivers simply use their car until something breaks, then shell out for the car repairs. However, a little forethought and preventative maintenance can go a long way toward avoiding these costly repairs and ensure a vehicle stays on the road.

According to Yahoo! Autos, radiator hoses are a great target for preventative maintenance. These hoses are tasked with moving coolant throughout the system, which ensures the engine does not overheat. However, they are also prone to breaking down, which can cause big problems for the driver. If the hose begins leaking and the driver doesn't notice, it could lead to an engine overheating and a much steeper car repair bill.

Thus, it makes sense to take care of the hoses before they break down. The next time you take your car in for a radiator flush & fill, be sure to ask the auto maintenance garage to check for any signs of wear and tear on your radiator hoses and replace them if necessary, especially if your car is older. This is a quick replacement and needs to be done when the radiator is drained anyways, so it's a good piece of preventative maintenance to include with your regular coolant change.

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