Your vehicle's vacuum hoses basically control a lot of its emissions components, engine response, and even environmental controls. Once a vacuum hose has been damaged, your engine may experience performance problems which may lead to a non-starting engine. To avoid headaches and expensive repair bills, replace the vacuum hoses before it's too late.
Here are the steps, tips, and tools we prepared to help you find and replace the leaky vacuum hose.Difficulty Level: Easy
Tools that You'll Need:
- Old rags
- A pair of pliers
- A can of carburetor cleaner
- Flat-head and Phillips screwdrivers
- Brand new vacuum hose
Tips and Reminders:
Step 1: Open your vehicle's hood and check the vacuum hoses in the engine compartment.
Step 2: Inspect all the vacuum hoses for cracks and other signs of damage.
Step 3: Turn the engine on and spray carburetor cleaner on each of the vacuum hoses. Listen for any changes in the engine's idle noise.
Step 4: If you hear a change in the engine's idling noise or a hissing sound, locate the damaged hose and turn the engine off.
Step 5: Use a pair of pliers to slowly pull the leaking vacuum hose off its plastic or metal connectors. Be careful not to damage any of the connectors.
Step 6: Use an old rag to carefully clean the vacuum hose's connectors. Make sure that these are free from dirt, dust, and oil before installing the new vacuum hose.
Step 7: Remove the new hoses from their packaging, and inspect them for any cracks or damage.
Step 8: Apply the right amount of pressure when inserting the new hoses into its plastic or metal connectors to avoid damaging the connectors.
Step 9: Start the engine and spray carburetor cleaner on the new hoses to verify if the repairs were done properly. Listen for any changes in the engine's idling sound.
Replacing the damaged vacuum hose will take about 30 minutes for an expert DIYer and around 40 minutes for a beginner. It's a relatively easy project, so have fun with it!