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Radiator hose gone

Water or engine coolant comes right out of a piece of hose by the firewall and spills out onto the street. where and what kind of hose needs to be replaced. where is the best and honest place to go without a mechanic saying that u need this and that. can't afford to be paying hundreds of dollars. also where can i see photos of a 1996 2.4 liter twin cam engine so i can see where this hose goes. i appreciate any help that is given

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There are two hoses. one top one bottom. squeeze each one tell you see which one is leaking the antifreeze. the hose is connected with two clamps that you can take off with a screwdriver. the hose cost about tendollars you can do it yourself its easy

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How do i change my thermostate in my 1996 gmc jimmy 4.6ltr

Hello Justingreve.

First of all you will want to make sure you are working with the engine cold. If you have just come from a drive the coolant in the system will be very hot and under pressure. If you attempt to remove any cooling system components while the engine is still warm or hot you can be burned by the hot coolant spraying out.

Once you are ready to change it you will want to put a drain pan under the vehicle to catch the coolant as it leaks out from the tube and radiator hose that you have to disconnect. At the top front part of the engine you will find a part that looks like this. Remove the hose clamp holding the hose onto the thermostat housing tube.


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If you have anymore questions, please leave them in the comments here and I will be glad to help.

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