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How to Replace Radiator Hoses?

Discussion in 'Stock 1995 - 2001 Explorers' started by MatthewAlan8, June 27, 2009.

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      Hey guys, been a while since I have been here but I was wondering what kind of job it would be to replace my radiator hoses and how would I go about doing it?

      The hoses are old in my 1997 Ford Explorer and about 3 years ago, I had to get a new radiator (paid about $600 I think for the part and labor...wasn't even sure if that was a good price). The guy offered to replace all of my hoses as well because they were starting to harden, but he was going to charge me another $300. A friend of mine said that I could do it on my own for like $30 because the hoses are cheap.

      Recently, I have not been able to retain coolant in my car and need to buy a new jug of it once every month or so. I can't pin-point exactly where it's leaking from however but it just disappears after a while and I'm guessing that it's the hoses.

      Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated!
       
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      Hiya,
      Hey did you ever get your radiator hoses sorted-out? If so and if you have time, I would really appreciate hearing how easy or hard it was cause mine need replacing as well. I am a woman, somewhat mechanically inclined but I've only dealt with vee dubs before and my explorer is waaaay more complicated. Thanx and have a great day!!!
      Victoria (1994 ford explorer)
       
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      Rent a fully refundable coolant pressure tester from most auto parts stores.
      Guaranteed to find leaks without the expense of changing parts. Call around.
       
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      Thanx for your reply. I took my explorer to a mechanic recently and they told me I have leaks from my hoses and the intake manifold. I am not prepared to try to change the gaskets but thought I might be able to take care of the hoses myself.
       
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      Thanx for your reply as well, I'll check out the link!
       
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      Bent nose pliers Joe Dirt uses on the stock clamps will make replacing hoses much easier.
      Also, if you need to drain fluid from the radiator, a 5/16" allen hex fits perfectly. Good luck.
       
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