How to Look for Wear or Leaks on Hoses and Clamps in a Chevy Corvette
- 1). Drive the Chevy Corvette into a well-lit area where you can easily see and reach the engine compartment. Allow the vehicle to cool before inspecting the hoses and clamps so you don't burn yourself.
- 2). Look for the two radiator hoses that go from the radiator to the engine, the two heater hoses that run from the radiator to the back of the engine block, and the hoses attached to the intake manifold.
- 3). Wipe each hose with a clean white cloth to remove grease and oil so you can inspect the hoses for tiny cracks and tears. Replace any hoses that have such defects in them, along with the clamps that secure them.
- 4). Run your hands along the full length of each hose. Pay attention to how the hose feels: it should be firm, not soft or pliable. If you feel softness, or you can easily pinch the hose with little give, it needs to be replaced.
- 5). Squeeze the end of each hose and try to feel ridges or gaps inside. If you feel pits or ridges, the hose is failing from the inside and needs to be replaced.
- 6). Inspect each individual clamp. Make sure they fit snugly and securely hold the hoses in place, but aren't so tight they pinch into the hose. Use a screwdriver to tighten or loosen the clamps as needed.
- 7). Replace slotted clamps with ABA hose clamps. This prevents over-tightening, which can damage the hoses on your Chevy Corvette.
- 8). Run your Chevy Corvette for several minutes, and then perform a second visual inspection to look for leaks in the hoses or the clamps. Make any adjustments or replacements as needed.