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5 Signs You Need New Hose Fittings

Do you know when to replace your hose fittings? Turns out, a yes response to this question is critical to keeping a hose assembly and the overall vehicle in good working order. If your answer to the question is no, you may want a refresher. Discover some of the most blatant signs that indicate it's time to replace your an hose fittings.

New Assembly

For the most part, if you replace the original hose, you probably also want to update the fittings. Typically, the hose and the fitting are installed at the same time for uniformity and as a convenience. If the fitting is older than the hose, it's also likely to fail first. 

So, not only will you have to go in one time to replace the hose, but you end up back at square one when you have to replace the fitting in just a short amount of time. Perform both steps at the same time to make it easier for yourself.

Oil Leak

Oil is essential to your vehicle. When there is a lack of oil, the engine and other parts are not properly lubricated, and the car can also overheat. No matter the outcome of low oil, one thing is for sure — the damage will be significant. 

If you notice an oil leak, change the hose fitting even if you're not confident it's the problem. However, if you see oil residue on the fittings, more than likely, it's the cause of the problem. Look at the hose at the same time to ensure there isn't a leak in the line as well. 


You should also be on the lookout for signs of corrosion. Corrosion is usually the result of an uncontrolled moisture issue. When looking at the fitting, a small amount of white oxidation is normal. However, what is not normal is red or orange colored rust. If the fitting is showing signs of rust, while it might be working just fine now, it's only a matter of time before the fitting starts to fail. 

The rust will eventually cause the metal area around the fitting to deteriorate, which will make it easy for the fluid to leak out. You should replace the fitting and also find out what caused it to rust in the first place.

At the first sign of a problem, it's time for repairs. If you're able to replace the fittings on your own, do your research to ensure you find the right option. However, if you're not, don't hesitate to take your vehicle to a trusted professional.