I'm looking at getting spare radiator hoses and was wondering if there was a major difference between Toyota and aftermarket e.g. Mackay Industries?
At present as far as I've been able to find out, there are no Toyota hoses in either the Melbourne or Sydney Toyota warehouses. The Toyota dealer was going to contact dealerships in Perth & Brisbane to see if they have any. He rang back a few days ago, but I was unavailable and now I can't get through to him. He said if there's none in Australia, they'd have to come from Japan with delivery ca 3-4 weeks.
I noticed that my top hose isn't a Toyota one, it's a Mackay Industries one. Unfortunately there is no part number on it, just a batch number. I contacted Mackay Industries yesterday and they were going to try and find out what hose it was, but I'm still waiting to hear back from them.
Meantime, I pulled the hose off from where it was leaking and have sanded back the metal. There was some scale buildup. I have put the hose back on and used a worm drive hose clamp instead of the spring type. I have also put some silicone tape around the outside of the join between the hose and metal.
Hopefully that will do the trick for the time being. I still think the hose is ok, maybe just needed the scale removed. Time will reveal all...
Anyway, what's people's thought re Toyota vs aftermarket (made in Australia in this case)?