Ford F-150/F-250: Lower Radiator Hose Reviews

When it comes to your cooling system, you want the best for your Ford F-150 or Super Duty. Here is the scoop on the top brands for your truck's lower radiator hose.

By Pizzaman711 - September 23, 2014

This article applies to the Ford F-150 (2004-2014) and F-250 Super Duty (2005-2014).

The lower radiator hose is less prone to breaking and cracking than the upper hose as it could last up to 100,000 miles, but in time all things wear out and eventually need replacing. The lower radiator hose supplies the cooled coolant into the motor and a leaking hose will lead to an overheating motor, which leads to very costly repairs. When it comes time to replace the hose, use a quality piece from a reputable brand. The three brands being covered in this article are HPS, Gates, and Mishimoto.

Please note that the prices in the table below are an average of the same pieces from each different company. Because there are so many different pieces, use the price as a reference to get a general idea of the variance across brands.

Lower Radiator Hoses

HPS
Gates
Mishimoto
Price $35 $26 $33
Looks Color Variety Offered Standard Black Three Colors Offered
(Black, Blue, and Red)
Material 3-Ply Reinforced High Temperature Silicon Reinforced Rubber Dual Layer Silicon and Heat-Resistant Fibers
Temperature Range -65 to 350 degrees F -40 to 275 degrees F -50 to 330 degrees F
Fitment Direct Replacement Direct Replacement Direct Replacement
Warranty Limited Lifetime 12 Months/ 12,000 Miles Limited Lifetime
Best Quality: HPS

Best Value: Mishimoto

HPS

Price: $35

Looks: Variety of colors offered to match

Material: 3-Ply Reinforced high temperature silicon

Temperature Range: -65 to 350 degrees F

Fitment: Direct replacement

Warranty: Limited Lifetime

While these may not be the cheapest hoses on the market, you definitely get what you pay for. Silicon lower radiator hoses are a great upgrade over the OEM rubber hoses due to the vast temperature range and the silicon used to make them. Silicon is stronger, more flexible, and has a better lifespan than rubber, making it a great upgrade for those who plan to keep their vehicle a long time. These hoses are direct fit replacement to the OEM, so you don't have to cut anything, and the kits include stainless steel mounting clamps. Recommended for those who plan to keep their vehicles a long time.

Gates

Price: $26

Looks: Plain standard hosing

Material: Reinforced rubber

Temperature Range: -40 to 275 degrees F

Fitment: Direct replacement

Warranty: 12 Months/12,000 Miles (whatever comes first)

Gates hoses should be your go-to brand when you're on a budget. These are quality direct replacements to the OEM and while they don't offer as many features as the other two brands, you shouldn't rule them out. The only negative review I could find on them is that sometimes the part numbers get a little messed up. They don't offer all the different color choices like some of the other brands or have the higher temperature range, but they'll serve their purpose just fine. Recommended for those who are are tight on money.

Mishimoto

Price: $33

Looks: Three Colors Offered

Material: Dual layer silicon and heat-resistant fibers

Temperature Range: -50 to 330 degrees F

Fitment: Direct replacement

Warranty: Limited Lifetime

Mishimoto is another great brand that ranks right up there with HPS. While you don't get as many color options and quite as high of a temperature range, the quality is quite comparable. These hoses offer all the same features HPS does, including higher flexibility, strength, and durability over time. These are a direct fit like the other two brands, which means you don't have to worry about cutting a hose too short. Recommended for those who want to keep their vehicles a long time and don't need all the color options HPS offers.

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