In a previous blog, we discussed the pros and cons of silicone hoses and their application areas. Today, I would like to answer questions about are silicone car hoses better than rubber? I hope you found this article helpful.
Silicone hose has the advantages of durability, crack resistance, high performance, long service life and so on. Meaning that when used to make hoses, it can be more durable than many rival materials, such as rubber. And silicone can withstand pressure and extreme temperatures. That means it doesn’t get hot or crack under pressure.
In fact, silicone hoses can be exposed to liquids that are hotter than rubber. If you need a turbocharged engine or racing hose, it’s important to choose a material that can withstand heat, such as silicone. The most important is that the research shows that the silicone hose has stable performance and excellent performance, which is a reliable choice for vehicles with high performance requirements.
Silicone hose used as radiator and heater main components, with a long service life (5 years), at least 800,000 km. Due to the excellent heat resistance of silica gel hose, it can also be used as a flexible joint of turbocharger air pipeline and oil return pipeline. The temperature here is as high as 205°C, and universal organic rubber can not bear it.
What’s the difference between a silicone hose and a rubber hose?
1. Operating temperature range: silicone hose can transport higher temperature liquid than rubber hose. If you are building racing cars or adding turbochargers to engines, silicone is your choice.
2. Flexibility and elasticity: Silicone hose has better flexibility than rubber hose, maintaining this flexibility in life rubber hose, rubber hose does not. This reduces the risk of the hose breaking, exploding, hardening, or drying out and rotting in time.
3. Service life: Silicone hoses last almost forever and may even last longer than your car. Because they have a long life, they cost less per mile on average than rubber hoses, although they cost more upfront.
4, weather resistance: One of the advantages of silicone hose compared with rubber hose is almost not affected by rain, snow, heat, humidity, drought, ultraviolet light and ozone and other environmental factors. In this case, the rubber deteriorates faster. This makes silicone the best choice for vehicles operating in harsh conditions.
5. Inert material: silica gel is a very inert material that can resist chemical reactions with other substances. As a result, it doesn’t corrode or adhere to surrounding components like thermostats or converter tubes the way rubber does. It is less likely to stick to the stem, so when you remove the hose, it is as easy to take off as it is to put on. This makes silicone hoses a reliable choice for automotive applications.
Comprehensive to you can see that the silicone hose is more used in the automotive field. However, it should be noted that silica gel has permeability to fuel and oil, so it is not recommended to be used in daily driving cars. In general, silica gel hoses are used in professional racing cars and high-performance vehicles.
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