Even it happens that you are not an expert on car repair you can easily repair radiator hose issues. A radiator hose is easy to locate as it is a thick black hose that is flexible. It is made from rubber and other materials that can withstand high heat. The radiator hose is found at the top of the radiator and continues on to the engine block. Two metal rings keep the hose in place right below the engine’s intake. This hose is used to move radiator fluid and coolant to the motor. The radiator hose is susceptible to breaks (often seen in the middle of the hose) and becoming loose. When this occurs the hose will spray hot liquid around the engine. Without this coolant the engine can become easily overheated. You often do not know your hose is bad until it gets too late. Luckily the radiator hose is easy to locate and fix. This article will walk you through how to do just that.
Step1 : Draining the Coolant
Before you can change the radiator hose you need to drain your cooling system. Ensure the car is turned off and that engine is cold. Trying to do this with a hot vehicle can lead to serious injuries. Also make sure that your vehicle is on level ground as this will prevent fluid from remaining in the radiator. Put the bucket under the radiator‘s drain plug. Some newer cars can have the drain plug on the side of the radiator. If you aren’t sure which plug is the right one, consult your manual or else you could accidentally drain your oil. Take off the cap on the radiator and wait for the coolant to finish draining.
Step 2: Take off the Radiator Hose
Locate the radiator hoses under the hood and find the metal clamps at either end. Use the screwdriver to loosen the clamps. The moment the clamps are loose you can remove the hose. Some newer vehicles have the hose designed to be a permanent fixture at which time a professional is needed. Other cars have it where a special tool is required to remove the clamps. There may be as many as four hoses connected the radiator but you only have to remove the broken hose. Remove the hose on the top first then the second hose (if needed). The second hose may be only be accessed from the bottom of the car. When you remove the hoses be extra careful not to damage any clamps or fixtures.
Step 3: The New Hose
Link the clamps to the hose you are mounting and attach to the radiator and the engine. Add the fittings and then tighten them. Be careful that you don’t over tighten the clamps or fittings.
Step 4: Complete the job
Change the drain plug and rightly get rid of the coolant. Now you can start your engine and while it is running you poor the coolant. Go over the new hose for any loose fittings by the way of leaking.