There is nothing worse than an overheating automobile-except maybe for an overheating automobile where the means to cool it down has failed completely. Most people tend to panic and assume that it's some disastrous failure that causes this bit of trouble. The truth is, it's often the most vulnerable parts that break down-in this case, we're talking about the heater hose.
The one great consideration
A hose is a hose, of course, and while there are variations of it in terms of build, materials, and process of manufacture used, it is what it is. So you'll wonder why you need to be guided in its purchase. The answer is simple: it will save you a whole lot more money!
The simplest thing to keep in mind is whether or not the hose you are trying to purchase is an exact fit for your vehicle's cooling system. By exact fit, we are talking more of length. You see, while the specific parts under the hood stay consistent across the board, the configurations may be differ.
The best frame of reference is your existing hose. Get one that's exactly the same. You'll notice that it's "just right"-meaning, it has enough slack, but isn't obtrusive to other areas of the engine. Get one too long and you might have it snag on its neighbors. Too short and it won't reach its mark.
Not just any hose
So you have the fit down to pat, is there anything else you need to worry about? Materials are another critical point to consider. Here's the funny thing, the problem doesn't so much lie with the quality of replacement parts-those have become very standard. The problem lies in using hoses that are not specifically designed for use in an automobile!
The reason a cheaper, ordinary hose makes a poor replacement is that it can melt under the heat it gets exposed to! So simple tip: go for hoses specific to the cooling system in your vehicle.