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Want to learn more about Radiator Hose repairs?

Read our short guide with information on costs, symptoms and more.

What does a Radiator Hose do?

Radiator hoses channel the coolant through the various components of the cooling system (like the radiator) and the engine. The system has several hoses that all contribute to creating a closed cooling system. Usually two hoses connect the radiator to the engine; the lower radiator hose joins the engine and water pump while the top radiator hose joins the radiator to the top of the engine pushing coolant into the engine.

What does a radiator hose replacement involve?

  • Mechanic will read the ECU for possible fault codes related to the cooling system.
  • Mechanic will inspect the cooling system and hoses as well as perform a pressure test of the cooling system to check for leaks.
  • If necessary, the mechanic will replace the damaged radiator hoses.
  • Mechanic will advise if any other parts need to be replaced.
  • Mechanic will refill the cooling system.
  • Mechanic will bleed the cooling system.
  • Mechanic will inspect the cooling system once again for leaks.

Can I do a radiator hose replacement myself?

Unless you are a qualified mechanic with the required skills, training and equipment to do the job, we strongly recommend a radiator hose replacement is only carried out by a professional mechanic. ClickMechanic can help get you a vetted and local mechanic to carry out the work. Just enter your postcode and your car's registration number at the top of this page and select the work needed to get an instant fixed price up front.

What are the symptoms of a faulty radiator hose?

  • When steams appears around the engine bay.
  • When you can identify cracked or brittle hoses.
  • When the heater or air-conditioning doesn't perform as well as usual.
  • When there is coolant leaking from the hoses (wet patch under car).

How long does it take to replace a radiator hose?

A radiator hose replacement usually takes around 1 hour, but can take less or more time. Ultimately, the time that the job will take will depend on a number of factors, like your vehicle's make and model, year, as well as other factors. Select your car at the top of this page for information on job time and cost for your vehicle through ClickMechanic.

How often should I replace a radiator hose?

Hoses should always be serviced as and when stipulated in the guidelines set out by your car's manufacturer. Over time, a radiator hose's condition can deteriorate as it is continuously subjected to significant temperature fluctuations. Because of this it can be that a hose becomes brittle and cracks.

This causes leaks leading to an inadequate supply of coolant to the system which, in turn, can lead to further expensive damage to the engine. It is therefore vital issues with the cooling system are addressed professionally and timely to prevent further damage.

Should you experience problems with a radiator hose then it is advisable to have the hose inspected and, if necessary, have it replaced.

Can you drive with a broken radiator hose?

Driving with a broken radiator hose can lead to a loss of coolant and the engine overheating, which could ultimately cause severe damage to the engine. If you suspect there is any issue with a radiator hose or there are concerns about its age or condition, check with a professional mechanic immediate effect and do not drive the vehicle until the problem has been verified and fixed where necessary.

Is a leaking radiator hose an MOT failure?

Yes, a leaking radiator hose can result in your vehicle failing its MOT provided that the fluid leak creates a pool on the floor within five minutes that’s more than 75mm in diameter, or if there are many leaks which collectively leak fluid at the same rate.

How much does a coolant leak cost to fix?

You can expect to pay around £100 to fix a coolant leak but the exact price will depend on the make and model of the car as well as the local labour rates to fix the coolant leak.

Can you drive a car with a coolant leak?

Technically, you can drive a car with a coolant leak, but it is not recommended. A coolant leak can cause your engine to overheat, which can lead to engine damage.

How much does a Radiator Hose Replacement cost?

Cost for a radiator hose repair is on average £115, with prices ranging from £90 to £140. Ultimately, the cost of replacing a radiator hose, also called a water hose, depends on your car and what parts your car's manufacturer recommends using for the replacement. Find out what you could save by having a radiator hose replaced by ClickMechanic by selecting your car at the top of this page!

Check out the ClickMechanic price for a radiator hose repair, and find out what you would pay at a franchise dealer. We use industry standard data & millions of data points so you know what you should be paying. These estimates may include Radiator top hose, Engine coolant/antifreeze, Radiator bottom hose and/or Engine coolant/antifreeze. We have radiator hose repair prices for 34 different manufacturers.

Name ClickMechanic Click Mechanic average Franchise dealer estimate

Alfa Romeo

£102 £86 - £183 Get exact price

Audi

£109 £76 - £205 Get exact price

BMW

£114 £131 - £194 Get exact price

Chevrolet

£92 £84 - £176 Get exact price

Chrysler

£106 £118 - £154 Get exact price

Citroen

£84 £110 - £142 Get exact price

Dacia

£155 £239 - £239 Get exact price

Fiat

£111 £103 - £203 Get exact price

Ford

£103 £112 - £185 Get exact price

Honda

£97 £117 - £167 Get exact price

Hyundai

£88 £93 - £156 Get exact price

Jaguar

£174 £193 - £264 Get exact price

Jeep

£108 £131 - £131 Get exact price

Kia

£94 £103 - £177 Get exact price

Land Rover

£161 £144 - £280 Get exact price

Lexus

£94 £125 - £161 Get exact price

Mazda

£85 £121 - £155 Get exact price

Mercedes-Benz

£96 £98 - £168 Get exact price

MINI

£130 £140 - £239 Get exact price

Mitsubishi

£83 £103 - £145 Get exact price

Nissan

£79 £84 - £120 Get exact price

Peugeot

£84 £102 - £166 Get exact price

Porsche

£105 £160 - £181 Get exact price

Renault

£129 £140 - £253 Get exact price

Saab

£74 £91 - £148 Get exact price

SEAT

£98 £77 - £184 Get exact price

Skoda

£125 £129 - £197 Get exact price

Smart

£144 £207 - £207 Get exact price

Subaru

£91 £124 - £124 Get exact price

Suzuki

£64 £86 - £112 Get exact price

Toyota

£92 £119 - £147 Get exact price

Vauxhall

£88 £90 - £164 Get exact price

Volkswagen

£98 £95 - £188 Get exact price

Volvo

£87 £115 - £127 Get exact price

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  • Microcar
  • Metrocab
  • Hummer
  • Reva
  • Asia
  • TVR
  • Ferrari
  • Morgan
  • Buick
  • Lamborghini
  • Pontiac
  • Carbodies
  • DS
  • Mitsubishi Fuso
  • Moskvich
  • Bentley
  • Cadillac
  • LDV
  • Ford US
  • Aixam
  • Austin
  • Daewoo
  • Daimler
  • Dodge
  • FSO
  • Iveco
  • Maybach
  • MG
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Santana
  • Tata
  • Great Wall
  • Piaggio
  • Perodua
  • Infiniti
  • Aston Martin
  • Daihatsu
  • Isuzu
  • Lada
  • Lancia
  • Lotus
  • Maserati
  • Proton
  • Rover
  • Ssangyong
  • London Taxi's International

Estimates on repair costs, such as the above results for a radiator hose repair, are created by combining data from multiple third-party sources. The actual cost of using your local repair providers may be outside of the estimated range. We provide estimates on repair costs for information only and accept no liability for any inaccuracies or errors. If you think an estimate is incorrect, please contact us to let us know.

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Recent Radiator Hose repair quotes

These recent quotes were taken from our quote engine which uses third-party industry standard data on repair times, along with a live parts retailer, and a regional labour rate to build an accurate free quote. We are constantly improving our quote engine, so please let us know if a price seems incorrect.

£86.17

Radiator hose replacement - top

Renault Trafic
Braintree
£76.01

Radiator hose replacement - bottom

Alfa Romeo MiTo
London
£90.93

Radiator hose replacement - bottom

Skoda Fabia
Sedbergh
£77.81

Radiator hose replacement - bottom

Vauxhall Zafira
Birmingham

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