Most car owners fail to realize just how important air flow is to the running of their vehicle. Nearly every system on your car requires air flow in order to function properly. The negative air flow, or vacuum, that is produced by your intake is used for things like controlling the idle. The vacuum chamber that this negative pressure is housed in has a variety of hoses that feed the vacuum to the parts of the car that need it. Without this network of hoses feeding the vacuum to parts of the car, the overall performance level would decrease. Each time that you run your vehicle, the vacuum hoses will have to perform.
Generally, the vacuum hoses on your vehicle are made from rubber and are supposed to last for a lifetime. The rough conditions that exist under the hood of your vehicle usually lead to these rubber hoses becoming damaged over time. By taking the time to inspect the hoses on a regular basis, you will be able to spot issues with them and get them handled in a hurry. This will reduce the amount of damage that a vacuum leak can cause and will allow you to enjoy the full power of your engine.
There are a variety of different vacuum hoses on your vehicle, which can make keeping up with them a bit difficult. Usually, you will be able to take a hose of at a time to see how the engine reacts to gauge which one may have a leak in it. If you are uncomfortable with doing this type of work, then you will need to track down a knowledgeable professional to handle it for you. This means that you will be able to get the repairs you need without having to worry about doing the work on your own.
When there is a problem with your vacuum hoses, here are some of the things that you may notice when your vacuum hoses are damaged:
- A reduction in the power of the engine
- The Check Engine Light is on
- The engine is misfiring on a regular basis
Having repair issues with vacuum hoses can affect the way that your car runs in a negative way. Have a certified mechanic replace the failing vacuum hose to eliminate further problems with your vehicle.
This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as How Long Does a Vacuum Hose(s) Last? and was authored by Valerie Johnston.