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How do you replace the top radiator filler hose assy? The hose clamps seem to be one time use only.

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  • bajatails Nov 13, 2009

    I understand your instructions, but this is a two piece hose, with the filler cap in the middle.
    The filler cap has two clamps that are not spring or gear type. They seem to be crimped on. I am buying the hoses and I assume I'll have to cut the clamps off. Unless you have another suggestion.

    Thanks

  • mechanic144 May 11, 2010

    please let me know how this went for you

  • mechanic144 May 11, 2010

    well first you need, to drain some of coolant out..just enough to bring the level below the rad hose in which you choose to work on..in this case, the upper rad hose...there should be a hose clamp at the radiator end, and i think there is another hose clamp at the thermostat end as well...those clamps you call one time use are in fact, re-usable. they are called spring clamps, and allow for the contraction and expansion of those during engine cool down and heat up cycles..as opposed to the gear style clamps, that you screw on with a screwdriver or nut driver, they are there mainly to make sure nothing backs off and things remain tight..you can over tighten with the gear clamps and rip and tear hose, as with the spring clamps pressure is already preset...once you have both spring clamps loose and removed off the nipples in which they sit, get behind the hose with a pick or screwdriver, grab and twist the hose to break the seal and at the same time, pull...this should remove the hose for you.....when installing, reuse the same clamps, just for good measure, replace the cap, and refill antifreeze and bleed system....hope this helps..

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I'm not sure what kind of clamps are on there, but they can be replaced with a standard hose clamp from any auto parts store. If you can't get them to come apart with a screwdriver you might have to use a snipper of some sort to cut them off. One time use ones typically have some sort of crimped piece that sticks up. If you use a cutter to cut that off they usually come right apart. If that doesn't work you can use a razor blade to cut the hose off of the fittings right next to the hose clamp. This should give you enough room to wiggle the hose clamp off or at the very least work a tin snips under the edge and cut it. Sometimes hoses get fused to the radiator and thermostat housing too, just wiggle a small screwdriver under them and it should break it loose after a little gentle prying.

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  • Brandon Undeberg Nov 13, 2009

    IT will work the same way as if it were a one piece hose. They do make a tool to remove those clamps, but it's not worth buying it, just cut them off. It sounds like you have a handle on the situation.

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Drain enough coolant so iw wont spill everywhere, cut the clamps carefully, replace hose with new clamps, refill, warm up the engine to operating temp then let cool, fill bottle to cold level

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Buy a new hose and 2 screw type hose clamps. Remove the old and install the new.

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