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Recently, my spouse got into his car to go to work. Before he even made it down our long driveway, his car began making frightening sounds. Afraid to continue driving the vehicle to work, my husband decided to stay home for the day. After investigating the car, he traveled to an auto parts store in my vehicle. He purchased transmission fluid to put in his problematic automobile. Thankfully, the transmission fluid helped the car’s performance. Besides transmission fluid, you can find many other types of items to help you maintain your vehicle at an auto parts store. On this blog, I hope you will discover some of the most sought after items available at auto parts stores today. Enjoy!

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Three Signs That Say It's Time To Replace Your Hydraulic Hoses

by Renee Miles

When it comes to your vehicle's hydraulic system, maintaining your hydraulic hoses is very important. A part of accomplishing this goal is knowing when to replace the hoses. Unfortunately, this is often not information that vehicle owners always know. However, there are some telltale signs that often indicate it's time to replace these hoses.  

Oil Leaks

If you start to notice oil leaking on the ground, it's time to look under the hood. If you notice that the source of the oil seems to be the hydraulic hoses, this is often an indication that a replacement is necessary.

This issue is generally a case of a worn hose that is starting to deteriorate, therefore allowing the oil to seep out. Oil is vital to the operation of your vehicle, so any oil leak puts your vehicle at risk. Don't ignore this issue.

Wire Exposure

Another indication that it might be time to replace your hydraulic hoses is exposed wire. Hoses generally have an internal layer of wiring that helps provide additional structural support and flexibility. You should never see these wires. When the wire is exposed, this means that the outer layer of the hose has started to wear away.

If you aren't dealing with a leak currently, it is only a matter of time before this becomes a concern. While this problem can arise when the hoses are somehow damaged, this is most often a blatant indication that the life cycle of the hoses has expired. If you've had the vehicle for some time, the latter is most often the case.

Fittings Damage

Even if the hoses appear to be in good condition from the outside, but the fitting are cracked or showing signs of rust, this could be an indication that there is a problem with the hoses. The oil and other liquids that pass through the hoses should never come in contact with the fittings.

When they do, this can cause a reaction with the metal in the fittings that causes them to develop rust, corrode and even crack. This damage generally means that there is a small leak in the hose line and that it needs to be replaced.

If your hoses are displaying any of these signs, or any other issues, it's important to have the vehicle looked at by a professional repair technician. The longer you ignore this problem, the greater the concern so don't hesitate.

For more information, contact companies like Williams Oil Filter Service Co.