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  • UNKAJOE Aug 06, 2008

    Have the same problem. I bought a replacement from the dealer and they gave me the wrong one. The hose leaking is the one that has the metal tube section in it. It comes off the water pump. Dealer gave me the whole rubber one and said that it was the one to replace mine which is wronggggg. Now I got to order another one! The leak was in the metal tube section.

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Well I think it goes without saying you will need a new hose, also get coolant, I recommend the ready to use type, make sure you get the proper coolant, tell the sales rep your make and model, newer cars use a long life coolant, it does not mix with older type of coolant.

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