How to Get a Rubber Hose on a Fuel Line


Fuel lines carry the fuel from your car's gas tank up to the engine where it is burned to provide power. Most of the lines are made out of metal, but where the lines need to make a sharp turn, or where they connect to fixtures such as pumps, the lines are connected to a rubber hose. Occasionally these rubber hoses deterioriate. You can get a rubber hose on a fuel line by yourself, without having to call a mechanic.

Things You'll Need

  • Rubber hose
  • Utility knife
  • Screwdriver
  • Hose clamp
  • Move the car to a location that will give you enough room to work on the side of the car where the fuel line is mounted. Shift the car into park and set the parking brake. Turn off the engine. Pop the hood. Allow the engine at least half an hour to cool off before continuing.

  • Locate the battery for the engine. These are usually mounted on the side of the engine compartment. Look for a sqare plastic box with two terminals on the top.

  • Loosen the terminal on the black battery cable. Push this to the side so it doesn't get in the way.

  • Locate the fuel line where you wish to attach the rubber hose. Use the utility knife to scrape off any remnants of old fuel hoses that may still be stuck to the line.

  • Cut the rubber hose to the needed length with a pair of shears. Slip the fuel line clamp over the end of the rubber hose.

  • Slide the rubber hose over the end of the fuel line. Position the clamp so that it covers both the rubber hose and the end of the fuel line. Tighten the clamp with the screwdriver.

  • Reconnect the negative battery terminal.

Tips & Warnings

  • On particularly stubborn connections, try applying a few drops of fuel over the end of the fuel line before slipping on the rubber hose.

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