Cut out the leaking piece
Photo 1: Cut the crimp ring
Cut through the crimp ring with a rotary tool and cutoff wheel or a close-quarters hacksaw.
Photo 2: Attach the new hose
Slip on the new hose and secure it with worm-drive hose clamps.
Leaky, crimped-on heater hoses can be replaced with new, expensive assemblies. But you can replace just the leaky section for a fraction of the price. It's simple and cheap to do with a short matching length of hose and a new worm-drive clamp. (You should reuse the factory spring clamp, but you can't reuse the old crimp ring.) Check with a local auto parts store to locate replacement molded hose sections. Or bring in the leaking section and see if the staff can visually match it to a stock hose for another vehicle.
If you can't find the proper molded hose, slide a reshaping coil over a straight section of hose and bend it to the proper angle for your application. The coil will maintain the angle and prevent the hose from collapsing at the bend.
Required Tools for this Project
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
- 4-in-1 screwdriver
Required Materials for this Project
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here’s a list.
- Heater hose
- Reshaping coil
- Worm-drive clamp