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Old 08-14-2014, 07:45 AM   #1
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Question Pk Ave Rad Hoses...Etc...

Wouldn't you know it, as soon as I get the system leak free with UIM/LIM gaskets completed, the top rad hose is now weeping.
Looks like I may be able to try to move the hose further in towards the rad and adjust the factory clamps, to possibly stop the coolant weep.
Of course my thought is why bother, just buy another hose and get some more new coolant, and pray it'* not the neck...
So I guess I should just buy the Delco hoses both top and bottom or would the Good Year be recommended as well for the hoses?
Does anyone know if the top rad hose neck is plastic or metal back in there?
Really don't want to force the hose further back if it is plastic..better off not to chance it, and just replace it....
Fun.. this car just wont cut me any slack..

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I am pretty sure the radiator inlet tank that the hose connects to is plastic.
Is the weep hole close enough to the end of the hose?
If so cut it, put it back, and see how it goes, I don't think the neck part will break off on you.

If you do replace the hoses, I don't see why the Goodyear hoses would not be acceptable, they are a lot cheaper than the AC Delco hoses, and it is a hose, not a sensor of some sort, so I think you'd be ok with the Goodyear hoses.
You may want to consider getting some screw screw style clamps, they are a lot better than relying on the old style factory clamps.

I am hoping my hoses hold up a bit longer, they are on my to replace eventually list, if they leak on me now I'll just use some Rescue Tape, great stuff!

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Old 08-14-2014, 06:16 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply William. I also think that tank neck is plastic. And when u mentioned ring clamp that is what I am going to add in front of the current factory clamp and see if that helps with the weep/occasional drip until the new hose arrives. Ordered from dealer this AM $40 tax in only the upper hose & has to come from back east though, 7-10 days. Hard to believe there was not one here.

I am going to loose a quart of coolant when I cut the top rad hose of I guess, so going to get more Prestone long life 50-50 as well.
Most of the time those hoses are melted into place and an exacto knife and careful incisions are needed to remove them.
I may have to to replace the lower one day, but hope not to to have to for another year or so..It is dry and look good no bulging like the top hose.

That rescue tape is something I would really like to have in a couple of rolls here.
How does that tape store long term? Does it tend to dry out once opened or?
This kinda thing I would leave in tool box in trunk and it gets cooking in there in summer....I think my trunk hit 150f this summer

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You could have used the rescue tape on the hose if you had it, and that alone would have been enough to stop the weeping, if not permanently, for a long time, it is great stuff.
It does not dry out, it stores well, it is on a clear plastic like film that keeps it from sticking to itself, once it sticks to itself it fuses.
I'd deff consider it an item for the trunk emergency box!
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Well it is weeping at the thermostat side now too.
Wrapped around a band of paper towels then some duct tape for now to absorb the drips ...
I called the dealer back, Ya I thought it was coming from back east in Canada ...
Nope it is coming from Lansing, Michigan. Hopefully it is not sent by mail.

Well my Pk Ave is now the duct tape mobile until the new hose gets here.
It is hot out again and I all I can think of right now is..
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I wonder if there is any place near you that you could get rescue tape?
That would work like a charm, so well you may wait till you really need to service the coolant before you change the hoses.
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I looked last night for the tape locally zero.. I only found a marine shop in Ontario that has it listed.
Anyways it is only going to be a week or so before the new hose hopefully gets here.
The correct solution is a new hose William, it probably wouldn't be much longer before that hose blows up anyways...
I will eventually get some of that tape here too.
All I hope for is that the lower rad hose doesn't give me any problems for a while...
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Do me a favor and remove all that tape and paper towels and shoot another picture please.
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Sucks you cannot get it locally, I was suggesting it for just temp use, but to be honest unless the hose develops leaks in other places, the rescue tape would stop the leak totally, and I'd put money on it developing a leak somewhere else before the taped area leaked again.
Of course a new hose is a proper fix.
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Mike after further inspection the weap is caused by the end of the hose swelling and the factory clamps no longer sealing my guess. Somehow the coolant is able to drip past a small bit. If you run your finger across the back side of the original hose at thermostat, you end up with a wet finger.
Ya I could try to move the factory clamps back and put a ring clamp on the end for now, but I am going to redo all of this with a new hose soon.
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