Heater Hose question

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Old 01-06-02, 02:56 PM
danielmccoy
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Question Heater Hose question

1986 Ford Taurus, 153K miles, 3.0 liter, 6 cylinder.
I'm leaking coolant where the upper radiator hose connects to the radiator. I tightened the hose clamp about 1 year ago when it was doing the same thing and that fixed it. I just noticed it was leaking there again. I've removed the hose and checked the radiator outlet for cracks, there are none. Perhaps I've got a bad hose clamp that keeps working it's way loose??? Anyway, when I put the hose back on should I use flexible gasket sealant to get a watertight connection? What type of hose clamps work best?
 
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Old 01-06-02, 03:47 PM
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Change all heater hoses on a car this old. Leaks will spring from everywhere. Gates and Dayco make fitted hoses for most applications and they are dirt cheap.

Most of the time a worm gear clamp works fine. The OE clamps are spring steel and hold tension on their own.

Most likely coming from somewhere else other than the clamp. Double clamp it if you have to.
 
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Old 01-07-02, 02:10 AM
danielmccoy
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Joe, what about applying some type of sealant before putting the hose back on? Is this a good or bad idea?
 
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Old 01-07-02, 02:25 AM
Joe_F
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It's an OK idea, but not really needed. The hose will seal with the right clamp without a problem.
 
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Old 01-07-02, 02:46 AM
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I'll double clamp it as you suggested. When the engine is running I can watch it drip from this connection so I know I'm onto the problem. Thanks for the help.
 
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Old 01-07-02, 08:54 AM
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Ok and good luck. Let us know how you make out.
 
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Old 01-08-02, 03:29 PM
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fixed...

Double clamp along with new hose fixed the problem. Thanks.
 
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Old 01-08-02, 03:45 PM
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Good job.
 
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