You'd think that shopping for a fuel filler hose would be a rather simple affair. After all, a hose is just a hose, right? Like all other components of a fine piece of engineering that an automobile is, a lot of care has to be given to choosing a good replacement. That is especially true for a fuel filler as fuel is the lifeblood that drives you-pun intended-forward.
Getting fit right
The first thing that needs to be considered is the fit. We're talking lengths and circumferences here. While the location and function of the fuel filler hose is the same in all vehicles, there are enough differences between the actual builds among makes and models to make this important. Get it wrong, and you will have wasted time and money.
There are two sources of information that you can tap into to get this right. The first is your vehicle's owner's manual. These often overlooked manuals hold the exact specifications of every component in your car. The second is the hose you currently have installed! Nothing helps in matching more than what is already on-hand.
After finally managing to get the fit right, there are still a few other things to consider. You see, not just any long piece of tubing will do to replace something as important as a fuel filler hose. The most important factor to then consider is temperature resistance. A good range to work with is -40 degrees to +210 degrees Fahrenheit-it should be able to withstand extreme cold and heat.
One last thing
This last bit is a funny one. Make sure you determine whether the fuel filler hose you need to replace is for the main or the auxiliary tank! Those are two different things.