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How to Replace Radiator Hoses?

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Old 06-27-2009, 05:19 PM   #1
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How to Replace Radiator Hoses?

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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Old 03-07-2012, 12:03 PM   #2
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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!!!
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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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Victoria- you can check out my thread here:

http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/...d.php?t=332584

It's a 2000 V8, but there are pics and stuff, lots of things to look at, and the process itself is generally the same. It's all wrenches and screwdrivers, no matter the make.




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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.
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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Victoria- you can check out my thread here:

http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/...d.php?t=332584

It's a 2000 V8, but there are pics and stuff, lots of things to look at, and the process itself is generally the same. It's all wrenches and screwdrivers, no matter the make.
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.

Last edited by swshawaii; 09-05-2013 at 03:03 AM. Reason: Corrected allen hex size (Not 3/8")
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