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How do silicone hoses make a difference?

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When people think about upgrading a car's standard rubber hose using a silicone hose, one of the biggest questions is, does it really make a difference? Considering the advantages and disadvantages of both options gives you a better idea of whether you should upgrade. In the following article we have answered some of the most common questions about the advantages of silicone hose, the effect on performance, and the applications that silicone hoses may not be suitable for.

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Why are silicone hoses better than rubber ones?

The following are the reasons why silicone hoses are better than rubber ones.

1.Flexibility and resilience: Silicone hoses have better flexibility than rubber hoses. Unlike rubber hoses, they maintain this flexibility throughout their service life. This reduces the risk of water pipes breaking, hardening or drying out.

2. Longer lifespan: Silicone hoses last almost forever and may even outlast your car. Because they last so long, they cost less per mile on average than rubber hoses, although their upfront costs are higher. 

3. Noise and vibration control: Silicone hose has a good ability to reduce sound and vibration, maintaining a quiet and stable profile. Rubber is considered a source of noise due to the friction between the rubber and the mating surface.

4. Operating temperature range: One of the main reasons people use silicone hose is the operating temperature, which has to do with thermodynamics. The idea with the silicone hose is that you replace the standard hose so it doesn't expand and get hot under pressure. Silicone hoses can carry liquids at higher temperatures than rubber. If you're building a racing car or adding a turbocharger to your engine, silicone hose is your choice.


Do silicone hoses increase performance?

The primary reason people began to produce silicone hoses for the automotive industry was that silicone materials provided such a valuable performance boost. Silicone has better heat resistance than rubber, which is the main reason why silicone is the preferred material for performance-enhancing vehicles. If you add a good turbocharger to your engine, you'll get some great power, but if you neglect to upgrade your hoses at the same time, you'll probably drive all the extra heat into the hoses that aren't equipped to handle it. Silicone is a very stable material that works like a new material, if not a new one. Although rubber hoses are prone to cracking, hardening, or becoming dry and rotten over time, the elasticity of silicone means this is unlikely. Anyone with a hose leak knows how much of a headache this can be, so upgrading to silicone hoses will definitely have a better impact on your performance.

What are the drawbacks of silicon hoses?

The molecular structure of silicone does not work well with petroleum, fuels, and other oil-based products. We do not recommend using silicone hoses in any application as they may come into contact with fuel or oil.


Silicone hoses are porous. That's why you don't use silicone for fuel and oil. If you already have silicone hoses in your car, just make sure you check your water level regularly. If you don't want to worry about losing an engine, buy yourself some silicon hoses and occasionally check the water level.


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