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96 Acura 3.2 overheats after replacing the top radiator hose.

There is a curve in the hose. Why, and does it matter what position it is installed in?

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  • pasgo1 Apr 14, 2009

    I changed the thermostat and bled the block. Why is there s curve in the top radiator hose and how should it be positioned?

  • J A Apr 14, 2009

    I have gone through 3 radiators, 2 Head Gaskets, 2 thermostats, and a few other things associated with the radiator. I have done this all within a year and a half. Ive had three mechanics work on the problem each has told me they guarantee it wont happen again but it has. One mechanic even suggested the fact that my radiator is not the original acura radiator might be the problem. any ideas or knowledge on this would be helpful.

  • J A Apr 14, 2009

    I have been through 3 radiators and numerous other problems associated with a overheated radiator all within a year and a half. One mechanic suggested its because the radiator is not the original acura radiator. does anyone have any ideas.

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Make sure that there is no air in your block. If it over heated then I would replace the thermostat. There should be a bleeder valve by the thermostat housing. you need to turn it Intel all the air is out and you get a good stream of water.I don't know how hot it got so if it got really hot then you need to make sure you did not blow a head gasket.

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    Thomas Kessenich Apr 14, 2009

    If you do not need a curve in the hose then get one without it. Go to the parts store and tell them that you need a straight on that has the same size hose that matches the one with a curve in it. (Make sure that you can put a straight one on it )

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