Inspect the condition of the radiator and heater hoses periodically. Early spring and at the beginning of the fall or winter, when you are performing other maintenance, are good times. Make sure the engine and cooling system are cold. Visually inspect for cracking, rotting or collapsed hoses, and replace as necessary. Run your hand along the length of the hose. If a weak or swollen spot is noted when squeezing the hose wall, replace the hose.
REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
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- Remove the radiator cap and/or the cap from the overflow tank.
- Position a suitable container under the radiator and open the draincock to drain the radiator.
- Loosen the hose clamps at each end of the hose requiring replacement. Pull the clamps back on the hose away from the connection.
- Twist, pull and slide the hose off the radiator connection.
If the hose is stuck at the connection, do not try to insert a prytool or other sharp tool under the hose end in an effort to free it. Hose connections are easily damaged. If the hose is not to be reused, slice the end of the hose with a single edge razor blade, perpendicular to the end of the hose. The hose can then be peeled from the connection.
- Clean both hose mounting connections. Inspect the condition of the hose clamps and replace them, if necessary.
- Coat the connection surfaces with a water resistant sealer.
- Slide the hose clamps over the replacement hose and slide the hose ends over the connections into position.
- Position the hose clamps at least 1 / 8 in. (3mm) from each end of the hose. Make sure they are located beyond the raised bead of the connector, and centered in the clamping area of the connection.
- If the clamps are the screw type, tighten them to 22-31 inch lbs. (2-3 Nm). Do not overtighten.
- Close the radiator draincock and fill the cooling system.
- Start the engine and allow it to reach normal operating temperature. Check for leaks.