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Old 08-06-2009, 07:15 PM
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Radiator hose leak.

There is a hose that gos from my what seems to be behind my engine block to the middle lower left part of the block right above the transmission. it looks like there might be a hole in it or something but whats the best way to patch it up?

Also if I were to remove the hose which i have a feeling I might have to do if its pressurized will i get blasted with hot ass liquid? from what it sounds like it was hissing for 3 min then it stopped. any ideas?

edit: Hold = hole

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Re: Radiator hose leak.

REMEMBER GOOGLE IS YOUR FRIEND!!!!!!! Step 1Turn off the engine as soon as you suspect a leak, to prevent the engine from overheating.

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2Determine which radiator hose is leaking and exactly where the leak is coming from by looking for wetness.

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3Purchase 1 gallon of antifreeze and the correct replacement radiator hose from your local auto-parts store or dealer. (Radiator hoses are not interchangeable. They come in specific sizes and shapes for your particular car model.)

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4Wait for the engine to cool down for at least 20 minutes, before beginning any work on the cooling system.

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5Place a large pan or wide bucket on the ground under the hose to catch the coolant.

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6Use a screwdriver to loosen the hose clamps at both ends of the hose you are replacing.

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7Remove the radiator hose by twisting and pulling where it connects to the radiator and engine. If the hose won't budge, use a utility knife to cut it off the fittings.

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8Remove the hose clamps from the old radiator hose and slide them onto the new hose.

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9Put the new radiator hose on. Spray the inside of the hose ends with WD-40 if the hose is hard to get on. Tighten the hose clamps.

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10Refill the radiator and the coolant reservoir with a 50-50 mixture of water and antifreeze.

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11"Burp the cooling system" by running the engine with the radiator cap off until the engine warms up. Keep the engine running until both the upper and lower radiator hoses feel warm (this indicates that the thermostat is open and the coolant is flowing through the entire system). Burping the cooling system allows any air bubbles to escape. Add coolant to the radiator as needed.

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12Look for leaks. Inspect around the hose clamps for dampness. Tighten the hose clamps if there is any wetness.

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13Put the radiator cap back on.

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14Check the coolant level after driving, to ensure there are no leaks
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Re: Radiator hose leak.

awesome, thanks for the write up. im heading out right now to take a look.
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Re: Radiator hose leak.

Personally I would just buy new hoses.
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Re: Radiator hose leak.

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Personally I would just buy new hoses.

ya after i did the work, I realized that the hose was just rather old and it wasnt a hole made from a puncture but a hole made from just pure heat. So i ordered the part and should have it done by tomorrow. Then its on to installing the catback. woot!
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