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I have a 96 ford windstar

I jave a 96 ford windstar the upper radiator hose sucks closed when i give it gas what could be the problem

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  • Ricardo Guerra
    Ricardo Guerra Nov 18, 2008

    when the 1996 ford windstar van is excellerating the radiator hose collapes' which caused the engine to overheat. what could the ailments be? The thermostat, if so where is its location.

  • Anonymous Nov 19, 2008

    A co-waorker has the same problem. I changed both radiator hoses, but the upper hose still collapses on itself. I thought maybe a slight headgasket leak may be causing a vacuum?


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The hose may have separated inside; most are at least two layers plus fabric for strength and old hoses will fail internally and if the layers have come apart, the single layers can't resist collapsing when the water pump is turning at higher speed. You might check also to see if your coolant is uncontaminated since oil seeping into the cooling system past a failed headgasket can cause the hoses to deteriorate more rapidly.   

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If all is normal otherwise, i would change the cap and hose.

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