This car part can add years to your stethoscope

PERISHED stethoscope rubber tubing indicates either that you are a conscientious doctor who spends many hours listening for fourth heart sounds, or that you leave the neck adornment on the dashboard while you go surfing.

Either way, Dr Kim Strong from Tamworth, NSW, says replacement rubber tubing is very hard to find, as medical suppliers rarely stock it.

Rather than buy a new stethoscope, Dr Strong suggests you buy the tubing from a car parts business.

You’ll find it at just the right diameter, labelled ‘automotive windscreen washer hose