I just had my thermostat changed on my 2004 Chevy Impala 3800 Series II 200 HP. Now it's leaking from the upper radiator hose where the thermostat is housed. It's smoking pretty bad where it hits the engine.It starts smoking once the engine warms up.Are the people who changed it responsible? I just think it is unfair to fix something they should have taken care of. What should I do?
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Re: Leaking upper radiator hose.
It may be as simple as wiggle the hose & snug the clamp, or snug up bolts at housing.If that doesn't cure it, head over there first chance. Either way, I'd make it over there & let them know. Yes, they should feel responsible to correct the situation.
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Clogged radiator and leaking radiator are two different problems.
Either one, warm the car up first. Just turn it on and let idle until it comes to normal operating temperature. Once there, turn the car off and pop the hood. Carefully, touch across the radiator from one side to the other. If the radiator is clogged, one side will be cool to the touch. If one side is just cooler than the other, that is normal.
For leaks, just look around the radiator and its hoses for coolant leaks. Then look around the engine. Specifically the head(s), hoses, and freeze plugs. If no coolant is seen in those areas and your still losing coolant, you may have a blown headgasket and leaking coolant internal to the engine.
drain the coolant from radiator remove upper hose from thermostat housing clean housing and block install new thermostat with the spring end toward the block pointed to radiator use a new gasket and a small amount of gasket sealer when tightning the bolts back on the thermostat housing be sur to run them down evenly or you will crack the housing reinstall hose add coolant start and check for leaks
generally it's easy access if you remove the air filter hose assembly and cover out of the way. if you have a 3800 series engine the throttle linkage bracket should also be loosened and moved aside this should allow you to remove the upper radiator hose and thermostat cover.
the best thing to get is the Haynes manual for your car at advanced auto or autozone or somewhere like that and the book will tell you how to take everything apart and put it back. i think the manual is about $16.00