Pushlock hoses are a vital part of racing, but they can come loose or leak with time. We take pride in our high-quality Roadrunner Performance pushlock hoses. In that spirit, take a look at this handy guide in order to repair basic leaks and prevent them before they start.
When you’re first fitting a pushlock hose, using too much lubrication is a sure-fire way to cause the hose to slip back off. Too much lubrication actually prevents the hose from remaining attached. It’s good to remember that the lubricant is there to make sure that you can achieve a snug fit, not a slippery one.
One of the easiest ways to prevent a pushlock hose from coming loose is to use a hose cover. Having a hose come loose mid-race is one of the worst ways to fall behind. A hose cover will help permanently fit the pushlock hose and make sure it won’t be going anywhere while you are racing. Hose covers secure the ends of a pushlock hose and prevent unseating and cracking. Best of all, hose covers are a small investment with the potential for a huge payoff.
The one thing that always loosens a pushlock is never inspecting it. Even though Roadrunner continues to innovate new technology for pushlock hoses, nothing is more reliable than a regular inspection. We recommend inspecting your hoses for cracks and signs of loosening at least at the start of every racing season.
If you find that your pushlock hose is leaking, there are a few things you can do to help the situation out. The easiest is just to disconnect and refit the hose. Sometimes, through the course of a racing seasons, hoses will slowly unseat themselves. Either from too much lubricant or just regular wear and tear. Refitting the hose does the trick most of the time.
The next step is to check the adapter. Many hose adapters look similar, and can even fit for a time, but if the wrong adapter is connected the hose will come loose. If a quick refitting doesn’t do the trick, double check to make sure your adapters are the right make and model for your hoses and attachments.
If both of these fails, it’s time for a replacement. Whenever we have a leak issue, we will send out a replacement hose right away. Make sure to send us the leaking hose. We are able to perform tests on these failed hoses in order to determine the cause of the leak and improve our products down the line.