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Coolant hose to radiator is leaking do I need to replace radiator?

Small drip at connection to radiator. Its an oily/coolant substance. can just that metal hose be repaired or do I need a new radiator?

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Just the hose should do it

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Rust and corrosion can clog the tiny passages in your heater core. Sometimes the block becomes so severe that pressure builds up in the heater core causing it to spring a leak of coolant - enough to give off the smell you describe.

You can find examples of the heater core at this link
http://www.autopartswarehouse.com/shop_parts/heater_core/dodge/ram_50.html

Solution: Replace heater core or hoses depending on what you find.

Hope this helps. Please do rate this answer. Many Thanks.

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