Modern Australian

5 Tips to Properly Plumb Your Vehicle

  • Written by Diana Smith


One of the greatest problems when it comes to plumbing your vehicle lies in the fact that it’s not something that most people care to think about until it becomes a real problem. First of all, you don’t have to change your hoses as often as you change your tires, which means that they spend too much time far from your mind. It also means that once something goes wrong, you’ll be forced to make a purchase right away, which might significantly limit your offer. Here are top five tips that should help you properly plumb your vehicles.

The right material

The first thing you need to understand about vehicle hoses is the fact that they come in different materials. Namely, the two major players are the PTFE and steel braided hose lines. What makes PTFE hoses particularly suitable for this role is the fact that they can stand the temperature in the range of -100°F to 500°F (-73°C to 260°C). This alone means that it can withstand the majority of fluids and conditions. As for the steel braided hose lines that often appear on the brake lines, their main advantage is the longevity, in some cases, even efficiency.

Picking an adequate connector

One of the main reasons behind leaks is the use of an inadequate connector. In case of breaks, this can even put lives in danger, which is why it’s vital that you know the proper connector for this job. The most reliable way to check this is to take a look at the user’s manual. If you’ve lost yours, you can just look for a PDF online. If not, it’s worth talking to your mechanic in order to see what this is all about. This is much more reliable than trusting opinions of random strangers you encounter across various online forums.

Aside from this, the material of the hose matters, as well. First of all, you need to understand that a one-piece connector tends to be more stable and reliable than a two-piece one. Next, going for stainless steel may seem like a choice that promises longevity, however, it also makes the connector more susceptible to corrosion. For this reason alone, going with aluminum tends to be a somewhat smarter option.

Braided line versus rubber hose

While rubber hoses are most commonly used in performance vehicles (due to their flexibility, which allows them to be routed even in the most difficult of manners), the truth is that braided lines are more durable. This alone means that they provide a better flow and better performance. Nonetheless, a quality braided hose from T.I. Performance can withstand substantially more pressure than its rubber line counterpart. This alone makes a massive difference that needs to be considered. A rubber hose, on the other hand, is made to withstand intense vibrations, even if they do have to be replaced more frequently.

The air hose

While we’re on the topic of plumbing and choosing hoses, it’s inevitable that we mention the issue of the air hose. Even though it is always safer to just replace a damaged air hose, with a simple and inexpensive repair, you can easily mitigate the damage. In this way, you can make quite a frugal decision and fix the vehicle with as little as $4 or $5. Needless to say, the ROI on such an investment is beyond comparison. If replacing the hose, on the other hand, you should preferably go with metal, while brass should definitely be your first choice. After this, the copper is the next best thing. All of this is worth keeping in mind prior to the next purchase.

By knowing exactly what you need and what you’re looking for, well ahead of time, you’re minimizing the probability of making a mistake once the moment comes for you to actually make a purchase. In this way, your reactive move will become more knowledgeable and more reliable, ensuring both greater safety and a greater performance of your vehicle.

 

LIFE STYLE

DIY Home Remodelling Ideas That Adds Value

If you are looking to sell your home soon, there are some DIY home improvements you should consider that will add value. Improving your home’s value allows you to list...

A place where design and functionality come together

Innovation, design and sales! Those three words that will come up to your mind every time you think of Harvey Norman. Use this cold season to re-decorate your house and buy...

Choosing the Most Efficient and Effective Heaters

Heating and cooling our homes, make up for almost 40% of our energy bills. Heating your home during winter should not cost you too much. Choosing the right heater for...

5 Factors That Make All the Difference in Your Bathroom Remodel

Your bathroom may not be the heart of your home, but it’s still a room that you will inevitably visit every day and that your guests are more likely to...

5 Outdoor Design Ideas that Marry Form and Function

Let’s be honest, it is never too late to inspect our outdoor living areas and show them some much-needed love. While you might already have a certain layout in place...

The Rug Lady Announces The Launch Of The Latest Saffia Rug Range

The Saffia Rug Range Is Here! The Rug Lady is proud to announce the launching of its newest area rug - the Saffia rug.The Saffia range is becoming increasingly popular with...

Popular articles from Modern Australian

Deliveroo announces reusable packaging partnership with Returnr in world-first schemeDIY Home Remodelling Ideas That Adds ValueA place where design and functionality come togetherChoosing the Most Efficient and Effective HeatersGo on vacation without letting yourself goStaying Vibrant in Your Golden Years - 6 Tips to Stay HealthyHow to know when it is time to search for family law specialists in Sydney An All-in-one Guide to Buying Women’s Glasses5 advantages of getting an internship through PGP Australia5 Factors That Make All the Difference in Your Bathroom RemodelRelax on the beachIs A Multi-Room Audio System Right For My Home?Male power and food7 Tips for Preparing To Drive Across The Nullarbor