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How do I change the radiator reservoir hose to engine of 2004 kia sorento?

The reservoir Y hose is at the back of the engine, how do I get to it!

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First you can unbolt the overflow bottle on the pass side outside near airfilter assmbly as well if you want more room undo the air inlet hose to intake or throttle body and remove it so with the bottle loose and out of the way you can now access the rear if still not enough room remove the upper intake assmbly takes 35 to 45 mins to remove and install

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SOURCE: coolant leak at the top radiator hose

the plastic radiator tank that the hose nipple is part of can be replaced by any radiator repair shot for about $75-100

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SOURCE: I am changing the spark plugs on my 2004 Kia sorento

Be careful there.. If you remove the Throttle Position Sensor TPS or the throttle Cable, the engine light will come on because there is a certain setting that needs to be done to ensure accurate emission control.

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SOURCE: How do you change head lights on a 2004 kia sorento?

The whole headlight assembly needs to be removed from the vehicle to access the lamps inside; especially on the side with the battery (left side).

Remove 3 10m bolts (one on top two on front)

Headlight assembly is held in place wth a large Nylon clip ear outer edge at bottom of the unit. Tilt out at the top and then pull forward and upward to remove. It fels like something's gonna break, but it's pretty tough.

Remove large round cap from behind either high or low beam lamp. Both lamps are hels in with a metal spring clip. Low beam is H-7, high beam is H-3.

To re-install, press bar into Nylon clip and then install 3 10mm bolts. Use a Torx bit to engage gear teeth and adjust height if necessary. There may or may-not be adjusters for left-right alignment.

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SOURCE: I have a 2004 Kia Sorento that is leaking antifreeze

could be one of the two radiator hoses. There are also two hoses in back that go to the heater core. All of these connections attach to plastic nozzles on the radiator and also the ones on the heater core are plastic and can crack. Also check radiator condensor for leaks.

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Since that time the AC blows but not cold and now the first cold day and it blows no heat. I live in hot, humid Houston and the car is a 2004. Is it mildew since I do not use the car often or worse?

Hi Anonymous.

So, they replaced the radiator. And then the heater hose, plenum gasket, and throttle body gasket. I'm assuming you were talking about the radiator reservoir being almost empty, yes?

The heater is like a mini radiator stuck inside your dashboard. Coils, fins, engine coolant inside. And a valve that switches between circulating engine coolant through that little radiator, or bypassing it.
When the shop replaced the heater hose, I'd hope that they replaced both of them, unless there was some overt damage to just one of them. there need to be two hoses, one from the engine to the firewall (IN), and another back from firewall to engine (OUT). If you're not getting any heat right now (but able to blow air), then there isn't any coolant circulating into the small radiator. I don't know your specific car well enough to know if the valve is a manual one (a knob or lever with some tangible push-back when you move it between cool and hot), or a mechanical one, where you turn a control, and some small motor turns the valve.

The manual for your car is here: There are both manual and automatic climate control options, I don't know which you have. I do note that there are several fuses/relays tied to functions like 'heater' and 'AC' You can see them on pages 6-10 and 6-11 (around page 218 of the manual. You may want to see if a blown fuse or bad relay might be the root of the problem.

If it is the heater core, that can tend to be a bit of a labor intensive operation since the core is inevitably at the deepest rear of the stuff behind the dashboard, right next to the firewall. Unless you're really eager to DIY, it may be worth the money to let a garage do it if that's the root. Start with checking the fuses.

Good Luck!

Dec 01, 2015 | 2004 Kia Sorento

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My ac on my 03 kia sorento blows cold but some times hot?any ideas..

Usually caused by an airlock in your cooling system. You need to 'burp' it. Remove the filler cap to the radiator, not the overflow reservoir, and squeeze the radiator hose as the car warms up. Fill the hose as the water goes down. Turn off the engine when it is at running temperature and replace the cap.

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Should the radiator overflow hose be connected to anything

yep connect to radiator.overflow line should run from overflow reservoir to the top of radiator where radiator cap located.radiator filler tube there is a 1/4 nipple where the overflow hose should go.

Apr 18, 2013 | 2006 Kia Sorento 3.5

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Should the rediator overflow hose be connected to the reservoir

Yes, it should. Heat expansion pushes coolant through the hose into the reservoir. When coolant cools, it will siphon back into the radiator until radiator is full.

Apr 18, 2013 | 2004 Kia Sorento

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How to change heater hose on 2004 kia sorento

Cost for replacing lower radiator hose and plastic "T" nozzle?

May 05, 2012 | 2004 Kia Sorento

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How do I replace the radiator in my 2004 kia

I don't currently have access to step by step instructions for your Kia Sorento, but I would imagine that it takes a standard tool ratcheting tool set to unscrew the bolts for the shroud, and lift any fans out of the way. Then, the radiator hold down hardware can be removed and the radiator should be disconnected fromt he cooling system (via the hoses) and then you can pull it out. It does not weigh much.

Installation is the reverse of the removal.
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Jul 21, 2010 | 2004 Kia Sorento

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I need instructions on how to remove a radiator from 2004 Kia Sorento.

On the radiator almost always carry a plastic cover and then has a metal piece that connects the fenders, Supeior disconnect the hose and lower radiator hoses or disconnect tubes that connect the transmission with radaiador, check if the radiator has screws hold it down but most have only the top 2 screws, remove the fan and take out the radiator with fans outside can change them. is the common procedure to change the radiador.Thanks and good luck

Jan 09, 2010 | 2004 Kia Sorento

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I have antifreeze leaking from the back radiator hose on my 2003 kia sorento

There is a hose on the upper rear of the engine block.I think its a heater hose. Anyhow, its has a "Y" shaped plastic adapter that is known to leak on sorentos. Buy the part and pay a shop to change it. I spent 2 hours tring to get to itwith no luck. I took it to a shop and it took them 5 hours and 3 technicians to change it out. Good luck.

Oct 28, 2009 | 2004 Kia Sorento

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I have a 2004 Kia Sorento that is leaking antifreeze. The leak is a few drips when the engine is running but pretty much pours out when the engine is shut off. The temp gauge does not show that the engine...

could be one of the two radiator hoses. There are also two hoses in back that go to the heater core. All of these connections attach to plastic nozzles on the radiator and also the ones on the heater core are plastic and can crack. Also check radiator condensor for leaks.

Jul 10, 2009 | 2004 Kia Sorento

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Checking antifreeze

If the cap is not ontop of the Radiator itself it means you have a remote reservoir. Usually its near your washer fluid filler but not always. On the side of that are a full and fill lines simply check them for a level and add fluid as needed there.

Dec 10, 2008 | 2004 Kia Sorento

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