Automotive Fittings

Hydraulic Fittings

No matter what you drive, your vehicle is going to need fittings at some point. When a circumstance occurs that requires replacing fittings on any one of many parts of an automobile that rely on solid connections, don't trust your safety and the mechanical function of your vehicle to anyone but experts that specialize in automotive fittings.

The professionals at Hydraulic Fittings USA have a very long history in selling fittings as well as inventing and creating some of the technologies that drive the industry. Whatever the need may be, Hydraulic Fittings USA can provide or create the exact fitting you need.

Uses For Automotive Fittings

The automotive industry uses an incredibly varied number of fittings. The hoses in a typical vehicle are responsible for the safe operation of brakes, fuel, A/C and hundreds of other critical functions, all of which completely rely on fittings to keep them operating properly. Some of the fitting types used in vehicles are:

Compression Fittings: Compression fittings are usually made of brass and work on a system composed of a compression nut and a compression ring. Basically, as the nut is tightened, the ring is evenly crushed around the pipe to create a solid seal. Compression fittings are convenient, because they require no soldering or flaring. They are also very durable. The only downside is, once applied, the part of the pipe under the compression ring is ruined and must be cut out for replacement.

Vacuum Fittings: Vacuum fittings for an automobile are generally made of plastic, and come in hard and soft grades. Vacuum lines are not under the intense pressure of brake or fuel lines, so the plastic holds up. Quite often, vacuum fittings have a tiered design at the connection ends to hold tubing in place once it is fitted.

Inverted Flare Fittings: Due to their ability to withstand extreme amounts of pressure, inverted flare fittings are used for power steering, hydraulic brakes, transmission cooler lines and fuel lines. Inverted flare fittings are the most common type found in an automobile, so getting your inverted flare fittings from an experienced, knowledgeable dealer is important.

Hydraulic Adapters: Hydraulic adapters allow two unmatched ends to be connected together. A hydraulic adapter can be a great time saver, as its use can prevent the removal of entire sections of pipe or tubing.

Types of Automotive Fittings

There is quite an assortment of materials that make up automotive fittings, although brass is generally the most common. The material from which a fitting is made depends greatly on the job it is intended to do. Some of the fitting material types are:

Brass - Brass fittings are reliable and liberally utilized due to their ability to withstand temperature extremes as well as resist corrosion. Brass fittings are also able to stand up to pressure extremes. Brass fittings are generally more inexpensive than stainless steel because, even though the raw materials are similar in price, machining stainless steel is substantially more expensive.

Stainless Steel - Like brass, stainless steel withstands temperature extremes with no degradation of the material. Stainless steel is also resistant to corrosion. Stainless steel is a hard metal, which makes its resistance to impact higher than brass. Many lines in an automobile, such as fuel and brake lines, are commonly made of stainless steel. Again, similar to brass, stainless steel can withstand great amounts of pressure.

Plastic - Plastic fittings (generally PVC or polypropylene) cannot withstand the temperature extremes of which brass and stainless steel are capable. Plastic is also unable to hold up against pressure the way that metals can. Automotive plastic fittings are largely used for vacuum lines, where the requirements for strength and durability are not as stringent.

Who Needs Automotive Fittings?

Everyone that operates an automobile is going to need an automotive fitting at some point. Whether you are doing the job yourself or having your mechanic handle the chore, using precisely the right fitting for any given job is a task that should not be taken lightly.

Should a fitting on your car, truck or van fail, the consequences can be quite dire. It is not advisable to replace a fitting anywhere on an automobile with another that does not have at least the exact same specifications as the original.

Finding the appropriate fitting cannot be accomplished by simply (eyeballing) the part. A trained professional is needed to ensure that the fitting to be used will handle all the variables of the job it is being assigned. An expert knows if a specific fitting can withstand the temperatures and pressure of the work it is being asked to do, as well as if there is any danger of corrosion due to the fluids passing through the fitting or externally coming in contact with it.

The experienced professionals at Hydraulic Fittings USA know exactly which fittings will work best in any given situation. Contact them so that they can help you get the exact fitting you need for your job.

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