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What does a fuel hose do?

Fuel hoses, also commonly referred to as fuel lines, are the rubber tubes in the fuel system that deliver fuel from the tank to the engine. They are specifically designed to deal with the pressure of modern fuel delivery systems.

What are the symptoms of a bad fuel hose?

Below are the top three symptoms that could indicate you need to replace your fuel hose:

  • Fuel smell in your car

  • Visible cracks on the fuel hose

  • Visible fuel leaks - either small drips or puddles under your car. Learn more about fluid leaks here

What happens when we do a fuel hose replacement on your car?

Our certified mechanics will:

  • Inspect the entire fuel system for any issues

  • Remove the fuel cap

  • If necessary, they will remove the defective fuel hose

  • The new fuel hose is installed

  • Refit the gas cap and start the engine to check for fuel leaks

  • Test drive the car and check the entire fuel system for leaks

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Hey Fixter, how often does a fuel hose need to be replaced?

A fuel hose replacement shouldn’t be part of regular car maintenance. These hoses can last anywhere from 10,000 to 50,000 miles depending on what they are made of and how often you use your car.

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Want to learn more about Ford fuel hose replacement?

What does a fuel hose do?

A fuel hose, or fuel line, is made of a braided, reinforced rubber and rapidly transfers fuel from the fuel tank to the engine. It is designed to withstand the pressure of modern fuel delivery systems and is resilient to the heat and compact design of the engine unit.

A failing or split fuel hose can have serious and dangerous consequences for you, your car and your passengers. Not only can a leaking hose ruin your fuel efficiency and increase the cost of running your vehicle, it can potentially leak highly flammable fuel directly onto your engine. A blocked hose can deprive your engine of fuel, which can lead to very expensive or even irreparable engine failure.

Ford

The Ford Motor Company is an American multinational automaker, founded by Henry Ford in 1903. One of the most long-standing giants of the motoring industry with an estimated asset wealth of around $256 billion, Ford became a popular household name throughout the UK in the 1960s with the introduction of the Ford Transit, the Ford Escort and the Ford Capri.

With the Ford Fiesta consistently winning accolades as the best selling car in the UK, it’s no surprise to hear that in 2018 there were approximately 5.5million Ford cars on the roads by the end of the year.

With a proven track record for good value and sensible, practical driving, along with a dealership just around every corner, Ford has developed a method of sustaining great sales by giving drivers just what they need.

There’s a Ford car for practically every sensible driver. Actually, there are a few Ford cars for the more daring driver too. Take a look at the history of RS and Cosworth models, both making an impact in the world of rally driving and touring car racing.

While they’re better known for providing family transport that includes the Ka, the Fiesta and the Focus, Ford also produces the lavishly equipped Edge SUV, and also the S-Max and Galaxy people carriers too.

And for something quite a lot less mainstream, Ford deliver some muscle

From a very traditional and mainstream marque, it’s refreshing to see that they still deliver a great big slice of larger than life America—and the latest model Ford Mustang is no exception. If a Mondeo or a Focus isn’t really your thing, and even the RS models aren’t sporty enough, then the new Mustang’s brawny delivery of sleek lines powered by its 5-litre V8 engine could be just the thing. Failing that, the Ford GT supercar with its twin-turbo V6 won’t fail to turn heads. All £420k of it.

How often should a fuel hose need replacing?

A fuel hose replacement shouldn’t be part of regular car maintenance. These hoses can last anywhere from 10,000 to 50,000 miles depending on what they are made of and how often you use your car. If you keep your vehicle well-maintained and use high-quality parts, your fuel hoses could last years.

The law, vehicle regulations and your MOT

Any fuel leak will result in an instant MOT failure. Be sure to check for any signs of leaks under your car before the test and have your car inspected or serviced if you suspect there may be an issue with your fuel system.

What happens when we do a fuel hose replacement on your car?

Our certified mechanics will:

  • Inspect the entire fuel system for any issues

  • Remove the fuel cap

  • If necessary, they will remove the defective fuel hose

  • The new fuel hose is installed

  • Refit the gas cap and start the engine to check for fuel leaks

  • Test drive the car and check the entire fuel system for leaks

What causes a fuel hose to break?

Fuel hoses are in constant use and must function under high pressures and high temperatures. Despite being designed to withstand these conditions, the hoses can crack and split as they become worn over time. As fuel leaks can potentially be very dangerous, it’s important to be extra vigilant of this issue and have it inspected if you notice any of the symptoms below.

When should a fuel hose be replaced?

A fuel hose replacement shouldn’t be part of regular car maintenance. These hoses can last anywhere from 10,000 to 50,000 miles depending on what they are made of and how often you use your car. If you keep your vehicle well-maintained and use high-quality parts, your fuel hoses could last years.

What are the signs of a bad fuel hose?

Usually, there a few signs you can look for:

  • Fuel smell in your car

  • Visible cracks on the fuel hose

  • Visible fuel leaks - either small drips or puddles under your car. Learn more about fluid leaks here

  • Your car starts hard or not at all

How often should you replace your fuel hose?

Typically fuel hoses can last anywhere from 10,000 to 50,000 miles depending on what they are made of and how often you use your car. If you keep your vehicle well-maintained and use high-quality parts, your fuel hoses could last years.

What happens during a fuel hose replacement?

During the repair our certified mechanics will:

  • Inspect the entire fuel system for any issues

  • Remove the fuel cap

  • If necessary, they will remove the defective fuel hose

  • The new fuel hose is installed

  • Refit the gas cap and start the engine to check for fuel leaks

  • Test drive the car and check the entire fuel system for leaks

What is the average life of a fuel hose?

The lifespan of a fuel hose will depend on the quality of the parts, the driving conditions and how frequently you use your car. Typically they can last anywhere from 10,000 to 50,000 miles. If you keep your vehicle well-maintained and use high-quality parts, your fuel hoses could last years.

Can you drive with a broken fuel hose?

Do not drive if you suspect your fuel hose is broken or leaking. A failing or split fuel hose can have serious and dangerous consequences for you, your car and your passengers. Not only can a leaking hose ruin your fuel efficiency and increase the cost of running your vehicle, it can potentially leak highly flammable fuel directly onto your engine. A blocked hose can deprive your engine of fuel, which can lead to very expensive or even irreparable engine failure.

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