At this time of year, money is tight for a lot of us – However, this does not mean that we can afford to put off needed car maintenance. Safety is of ultimate importance and when there are problems with our cars which compromise safety they need to be fixed.

Take water hose fittings for example, otherwise known as fuel lines – it is vital that these are in the best condition in order to be safe. If these are old, cracked or broke, they require immediate maintenance which you definitely cannot put off. If this is the case, and you don’t get it sorted, you will find that your car could leak petrol or have problems delivering it to the engine. Also, if you see petrol leaking form your car, your fuel hose could be to blame.

Of course if you know or suspect that there is something wrong with a fuel hose, your local garage will be able to help you. However, if you have the correct tools and knowledge, alongside leading replacement parts, there is a chance that you may be able to replace your fuel hose yourself.

After you have got all of the needed supplies for changing fuel hoses together, here are the basic steps in which you will need to follow:

Preparing your car for a Fuel Hose Change

  • You need to relieve the pressure in your fuel system otherwise when you start to remove fuel hoses petrol will spray everywhere
  • You must disconnect and isolate the negative terminal on your car’s battery

Removing Old Fuel Hoses

  • Place a catch pan or towel underneath the filter uncase any petrol leaks out
  • Loosen the hose clamps using a screwdriver or wrench
  • Once clamps are loose you should be able to remove the fuel hose
  • Locate and remove the other end of the fuel hose

Attaching New Fuel Hoses

  • Put new hose clamps over the top of the new fuel line, keeping clamps loose
  • Slide the open ends of the fuel hose into place and check the fit
  • Ensure hose is the right size, cutting down to size if needed
  • When hose is correct length tighten clamps with your screwdriver

This is of course only a basic guide too – With the ultimate intention of showing all how easy changing a fuel hose can be, and showing that there is no reason why people should not get their fuel hoses replaced when needed. The great news is, even if you don’t have the time or equipment to replace your own cars hoses yourself, your local garage will probably be able to do it for you for an incredibly low price. What you can do, is order your fuel hose online from a reputable supplier and take it to your local garage for them to fit so that you will only have to pay for their labour.