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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 Kia 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.

Kia

Kia Motors Corporation (widely known as Kia Motors) is South Korea’s second-largest automobile manufacturer, behind their parent company, the Hyundai Motor Company.

They were initially established in December 1944, over 70 years ago, as a steel tubing and bicycle parts manufacturer who started building cars in the 1970s.

Coming from a background of building cars under licence for the likes of Fiat, Mazda and Peugeot, it wasn’t until the 1980s when Kia started to produce vehicles under their own brand name, and only more recently were they to become minority owned by Hyundai, who currently holds a 33.88% stake in the company, in 2015.

From the mid-1990s, the amount of Kia cars on UK roads has seen a steady increase to the current number of around 800k today.

Given their reliability, value for money and market-leading 7-year, 100k mile warranty, Kia is a marque that is heading for further popularity, greater sales and added respect.

Superb value for money

With an extensive range of models to choose from, Kia cars offer excellent value. From their city car Picanto starting at under £10k, through to their luxury spec SUV Sorento at £30k, Kia cars compete with more established mainstream brands, offering not only strong price-points but with advanced levels of technology and the extended benefits you’d expect from a car of a higher price.

Kia Sportage: The 10th best selling car in the UK

Given the rise in growth of the Korean car brand, it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise to see its best selling model sneak into the top 10 best selling cars of 2018. This great value and practical SUV is ideal for family motoring; not only is it rugged and good looking, but it’s also backed with Kia’s impressive reliability and extensive warranty.

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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