Why Your Vehicle’s Hoses are Just Like Your Circulatory System

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Why Your Vehicle’s Hoses are Just Like Your Circulatory System

While your body’s circulatory system is busy transporting oxygen and nutrients to your vital organs, your vehicle’s hoses are busy transporting coolant to your engine. And power steering fluid to your steering gear. And brake fluid to…you guessed it, your brakes. If there’s a part of your vehicle that requires life-sustaining fluid, your hoses are the only way to get it there.

So if there’s ever a leak in the system or not enough fluid to go around, you’re looking at anything from sweaty discomfort to a major engine repair. And sometimes, you may even find yourself in a dangerous situation.

That’s why it’s so important to regularly inspect your hoses. Much like your circulatory system, your vehicle depends on them for survival.

More than meets the eye

Your circulatory system may seem like a simple loop that starts and ends at the heart, but if you were to lay out all of the arteries, capillaries and veins in one adult, end-to-end, they would stretch nearly 100,000 kilometers.

Your hoses aren’t going to wrap around the planet 2.5 times, but there’s more to them than you might think. They’re part of a complex system of mechanical and electrical parts and do a lot more than move fluids around. Hoses can also transport gas (like air and A/C refrigerant) and route pressure signals to various circuits and gauges in your car.


Taking care of them is easier than you think

When it comes to heart health, we’re all told the same things: eat right, exercise regularly and stop taking things so seriously. Simple, right?

Actually, it is. Even though your heart has the mighty job of keeping your blood flowing throughout your body, it’s easy to make smart choices that will keep it beating for a long time.

The same goes for your vehicle’s hoses. No, they’re not a vital organ, but they are tough, durable parts that work hard for you and your vehicle. So it doesn’t hurt to show them a little love and attention. It’s recommended that you inspect your hoses (and belts) every six months/5000 km, and replace them every 3 to 5 years.

To inspect them, first make sure your engine is cold. Then, check for hoses that are brittle, cracked, bulging or missing pieces. If you notice something isn’t right, it’s best to contact us so we can replace the damaged hoses immediately.


They’re purpose-built

The circulatory system has one really important job: to continuously transport oxygen, nutrients and waste throughout your body. Thanks to its specialized design, it makes this seemingly impossible task a reality—and an efficient one at that!

Your vehicle’s hoses are also purpose-built to provide you with years of trouble-free driving. Each hose is specially designed for its specific purpose, and is built to withstand heat, pressure, vibrations and nasty chemicals (the inside of a car is not a nice place to be).

And when put in place by professionals who are experienced in the trade (such as ourselves), you’ll know your vehicle is built to last.


Knowledge is power

Whether it’s your heart or your hoses, the more you know, the better off you’ll be. And nobody knows more about your vehicle than the experts at Searle’s Auto.

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