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Tube to or from engine is leaking

I got off i-95 a couple days ago and noticed my car seemed to be steaming. I popped the hood and was greeted by fluid that was spewing out from a tube located underneath the distributor. The tube is attached to the engine and I cant see where the other end is attached to. I am trying to find a camera to post some pics.

I can see the crack in the tube that is causing the problem, but I am trying to avoid having to go to a mechanic and pay for a new tube (mainly worried about the labor it would require, not the price of the tube itself). Are there are things I can buy from a Autozone or somewhere like that which would patch the crack in the tube?

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Re: Tube to or from engine is leaking

ok just found the other end of the tube. It goes to the firewall. I am guessing that means the yellow-greenish fluid was freon (or however you spell it). Sound right?
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its a coolant line. you could easily replace it yourself. oh and freon is a gas not a liquid lol
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Re: Tube to or from engine is leaking

thats a coolant hose for your heater (aka heater hose), which carries, you guessed it... coolant!
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thats a coolant hose for your heater (aka heater hose), which carries, you guessed it... coolant!
haha beat you to it
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Re: Tube to or from engine is leaking

yellow-greenish isnt your FREON!!! IT's your coolant (antifreeze)!!!

You busted one of your coolant tubes!!! It's not too expensive. I'll try to search it for you, but that you as well try to find out which tube it is and get it from a shop and basically you'd have to drain out your coolant. Chnage the tube and then fill back up the coolant through your rad and bleed out any bubbles and you're good to go!!!

Snap some pics if you can?!?!
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Re: Tube to or from engine is leaking

yea i meant coolant before, my bad lol.

anyway, just started having a problem with my idle. i let the car run for a couple minutes with the a/c off and the tube only leaked a little bit which is to be expected. but i revved it to about 2500 for a couple seconds and afterwards my idle started bouncing from 1000 to 1400 and back and forth. turned the car off for a few minutes, started it again and it idles fine until i touch the gas. then it starts to bounce again. im going to start another thread about it, but any ideas what the problem could be? a sensor or something maybe?
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I got off i-95 a couple days ago and noticed my car seemed to be steaming. I popped the hood and was greeted by fluid that was spewing out from a tube located underneath the distributor. The tube is attached to the engine and I cant see where the other end is attached to. I am trying to find a camera to post some pics.

I can see the crack in the tube that is causing the problem, but I am trying to avoid having to go to a mechanic and pay for a new tube (mainly worried about the labor it would require, not the price of the tube itself). Are there are things I can buy from a Autozone or somewhere like that which would patch the crack in the tube?

Thanks in advance!!

That tube is your lower radiator hose, it attaches at the bottom left (while facing engine) to your radiator. The other end snakes around right beside your shift linkage if you have a manual, it connects to a metal tube that runs down the backside of your motor to the back end of the water pump housing. Though I doubt you know what I am talking about if you don't know what a radiator hose is. Good Luck
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Re: Tube to or from engine is leaking

There's no need for u to start another thread, this site isn't that big. Just relax and someone will out u out. I had to change that same hose, it's pretty easy. After you change it bleed the coolant and ur idle might go back to normal.
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ok just found the other end of the tube. It goes to the firewall. I am guessing that means the yellow-greenish fluid was freon (or however you spell it). Sound right?
Guess I shoud have read further, anyhow I guess they got you squared away, then.
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There's no need for u to start another thread, this site isn't that big. Just relax and someone will out u out. I had to change that same hose, it's pretty easy. After you change it bleed the coolant and ur idle might go back to normal.
Is that the lower radiator hose like the guy before you said? Im about to go to Autozone and order the part, but Id like to be able to tell them the name of the part I need lol. Im taking my brothers car there, not my prelude.
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Re: Tube to or from engine is leaking

You have to bleed the air out, I think there is a bleeder valve right beside or near the thermostat housing, get the car warm so the thermostat will open then loosen that valve up just a little bit you should hear some air coming out, just do this is small increments until all the air comes out, now being very careful (let the car cool some first) then loosen your radiator cap (AGAIN BE VERY CAREFUL!!!! VERY HOT!!!!) then add coolant until your full again. Put the cap back on and repeat the proccess of bleeding do this as many times as possible and then check your idle. Good luck I know you can do it.
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Re: Tube to or from engine is leaking

Great, thanks for the help Rob. So when I go to Autozone I should ask for a lower radiator hose?
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No the guys on here seemed to help you find the hose that was leaking and it seemed they troubleshot it to your heater core lines going to your firewall. I would take the hose loose take it in and tell them what it came off of, they may or may not be able to order you the factory replacement, but they can provide you with a cut to length hose that will work. Take it in if its whole and use that to measure how much hose you need. The clerk should know what to do if not find another clerk that seems to know what you need. Check your clamps make sure they are in working order if not replace them too.
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Re: Tube to or from engine is leaking

While changing any part and you have them nasty POS clamps that require you to use a wrench and simply squeeze to unclamp then take the time to invest in those clamps that need a flat or cross screwdriver!!! Those last longer and better!!!

They're cheap at any shop or even at Target n Walmart if you have nearby with a AUTO section!!!!
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