What are Fuel Hoses?

So, you have probably heard of a fuel hose or rubber fuel pipe, but the question is, do you know what they are? If you are reading this, the chances are you probably don’t. Here we will provide you with a brief explanation and hopefully some understanding…

Fuel hoses are responsible for transporting fuel to the engine of a vehicle from the fuel tank. These hoses are typically made or rubber, silicone or plastic. Some of these hoses incorporate an anti-static material which runs throughout the inside of them in order to prevent static build up which otherwise could ignite fuel and cause explosions. These hoses come in a wide variety of sizes and diameters so when you are purchasing one it is vital that you ensure that it is correct for your individual make and model of vehicle. To securely fasten these hoses in place, small metal clamps are used on either end.

rubber fuel pipe

If you fuel hose gets damaged for any reason, this can be incredibly dangerous. Because of this you should always check your hose to make sure it is in top condition and that it is not leaking. Leaking fuel hoses are highly combustible, so it is definitely worth the few minutes that it will take you to check it. If your notice that your hose is leaking, make sure that you replace it as soon as possible, and if unsure regarding how to fit it appropriately, take to your garage for assistance. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

 

Four Automotive Hose Tips

Hose and fitting installation tips for you to consider:

  1. Do not over-tighten. This is the most common way of destroying aluminium fittings. It can make fittings prone to leaks. After putting together clean with solvent to remove debris and shavings.
  2. Be sure to clean up ragged edges on the end of braided hoses after cutting to ensure that the seal is leak free. Also wrap ends with electrical tape.
  3. Severe vacuum applications such as dry sump oiling systems require internal support coil.
  4. Abrasion is one of biggest causes of hose failure. No matter what style of hose you’re using, avoid sources of heat touching and contact with different components.

automotive hose

If you are looking to purchase a new hose, no matter what your individual needs and requirements may be, one company The Hosemaster are sure to have an option suited to you. With a wide array available in all lengths and sizes, they cater for all, and not only that but their products are all competitively priced too. To check out their collections today, you can visit their website: www.thehosemaster.co.uk