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Old 11-06-2008, 12:45 PM   #1
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lower radiator hose install

ok,i have some anti-freeze leaking when i shut my car down and its parked.i believe its coming from the lower radiator hose and i would like to replace it.does the whole system have to be drained?
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Old 11-06-2008, 12:49 PM   #2
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Any chance you can flip your car up side first.
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Old 11-06-2008, 01:27 PM   #4
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so,ill take that as a yes.
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it'll drain out when you take off the old hose...

put a bucket under there.
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Make sure its not the water pump leaking. Often when they start to go, it runs down the lower hose. Not saying the lower hose couldn't be the problem, but in my experience the lower hose doesn't usually start leaking for no good reason, unless the clamp is loose or it gets hole rubbed through or something.
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yeah thats possible.has a lot of miles on it?is that a tough job?
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i was just looking at the pump and i cant see aniything coming from it.i do however see a tail of anti-freeze on the lower hose that looks like it is coming from where the hose clamps to the lower part of the pump.there is no worm clamp.it loos like the factory clamp.hopefully i can just throw another clamp on there.
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If the hose is original and old, you might want to replace it just because its old. The factory hoses are probably more durable than any aftermarket one in existance (other than the silicone), but you're looking at a hose thats at least 13 years old now. They only last so long.

Water pumps aren't the end of the world that people make them out to be, but it is a pain in the ass. Fox accessories are not as bad as Panther chassis stuff. There is less that actually bolts to the water pump on a Fox. If I do water pumps on high mileage motors, I do timing chains as well, just because its not that much more work and chains are like 30 bucks.
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iwas thinking of just doing it anyway.waterpumps are pretty cheap.napa had them for 25 remanufactured.
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ok i just had the car running.the waterpump area looks dry.i cant see anything coming from the hose.but i do see what looks like coolant on the swaybar and some little hoses.also what looks to be coolant on the underside of ac compressor and bracket.no here s the thing,i just had the ac fixed.there was a leak that was letting the freon out.it wa recharged.what color is the freon?or,if a car has ablown headgasket,does coolant leak out as well?
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