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Pros and Cons of Using Silicone Radiator Hose

Car modifications are extremely popular nowadays, whether that is to enhance the vehicle’s performance or its aesthetic appearance.

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Petrol heads, or car enthusiasts, spend thousands of pounds each year on the modifications themselves but sometimes also incur additional costs from increased insurance premiums resulting from the modification. As well as notifying your insurance provider of any changes made, some modifications mean that the car’s log book needs updating too. The government website provides a list of what amendments require a V5C update.

One common modification is changing the standard rubber hoses that connect certain parts of your engine with silicone ones. While they essentially do exactly the same job, there are other things to consider. Let’s take a closer look at some of the pros and cons.

Benefits of Swapping to Silicone

If you’re hell bent on your car being as aesthetically pleasing as possible, then silicone replacements are probably a good choice for you, as their metallic sheen will help your car look great inside and out.

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They’re also easier to get on and off than standard rubber hoses, as they don’t disintegrate and bond to pipes over time in the way rubber ones can. Silicon is also more resistant to heat, pressure, moisture and oil, so should last well. Another reason that silicone will outlast rubber hoses is that they’re more flexible so are less likely to split or crack.

Silicone is also much better at absorbing noise than rubber, so your engine will certainly sound better too.

If you do decide to go ahead and switch to Silicone Hoses companies such as supply a great range.

The Downsides of Swapping to Silicone

There’s no getting away from it: silicone replacements will cost you more than their rubber counterparts. However, if you’re spending a lot of money sprucing up your car, this probably won’t be a concern.

Hoses made from silicone generally have a wider diameter than rubber ones, and as such you will need to change the clamps as well as the hoses – this will add further costs.

Part of the reason the silicone versions are easier to remove is that they don’t always fit as snugly to engine parts in the way that rubber ones do, and so they can have a detrimental impact on, for example, the radiator’s efficiency.


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