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Old 04-26-2008, 02:24 PM   #1
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Default How would you temp fix a radiator hose?

I was driving today and got the white smoke from the engine. Parked it and coolant poured out everywhere. On close inspection I found the leak came from the big fatty hose (with the curve) that connects with the reservoir right at the front of the engine.

So, I obviously need a new hose as it leaks like crazy. The question is, what should I do to go get it? Wrap it in some sort of tape? I did that on the way home after I found the leak (duct tape) and had no smoke on the drive home but when I parked it REALLY came out so I sucked at taping it I guess.

Is that the best idea? It's about a 15 min drive to the dealership and I'd rather not leak all over their service floor. Just want to block the leak then get a replacement hose.

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Old 04-26-2008, 03:10 PM   #2
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duct tape it as much as you can, it should be fine. It won't start leaking until it warms up and the radiator pressure increases, so a 15 minute drive should be fine.
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Old 04-26-2008, 03:34 PM   #3
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Split a bicycle tube (or similar) and wrap tight like a cast. Hose clamp in a few places and viola. I just did this with a hole in the top rad hose, waiting for samcos to arrive. Of course, I also fixed my AC line with a RedBull can, JB Weld, and two hose clamps. Saved $600 at stealer and pulling the intercooler again!
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Old 04-26-2008, 05:06 PM   #4
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Sweet. Will do. Does anyone know the part number for the main radiator hose? Surely a dealership will have one.
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Old 04-27-2008, 01:11 PM   #5
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Well I found the issue. Any idea how a slit, with a groove around it, could happen? Almost looks like someone took an xacto knife to it!

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Old 04-27-2008, 01:44 PM   #6
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looks like it was rubbing on something. put it back in the area where it goes and see what it could be rubbing on. I had one in my truck rub, I wrapped almost an entire roll of electrical tape around it so it'd have plenty of material to rub against before it got to the hose. never got a hole or anything.
Electrical tape wrapped tightly around the hose works better then duct tape. duct tape has the cloth in it, but that allows for gaps=leaks. Trust me on this one, I've been off roading with my friends for years, we have fixed plenty of cooling system issues out on trails and made it home with no problems.
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Old 04-27-2008, 02:01 PM   #7
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top hose? if so i bet it bit the pulley. Happened to me.BTW..fill out your profile so we know what you have.
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Old 04-27-2008, 02:03 PM   #8
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I'm getting a new hose today but I'll make sure to put the old one back on again and take a look at what could have caused it. You're right though, the pulley is RIGHT there.
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Old 04-27-2008, 04:15 PM   #9
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Not one Pep Boys or Autozone has it. LAME. I'll try Napa in the AM before going to the dealership. On close inspection, I did find out it was the radiator's fan that did it.
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