How long to replace a hose?

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by tbaby, Dec 5, 2005.

  1. tbaby

    tbaby Guest

    I forgot to add, I have a 1998 sl2. I've had this car for 31/2 yrs and
    this is the first time I had a problem.
    tbaby, Dec 5, 2005
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  2. tbaby

    navaidstech Guest

    There are a couple of hoses running from your rad to the engine. One at
    the bottom of the rad and one at the top.
    The one at the top is obviously much easier to replace but the idea is
    the same.
    First thing you need to do is drain your coolant into a clean
    container, the rad should have a little drain screw at the bottom of
    I'm not sure what sort of clamps they use in the 98 Saturns but in my
    92 SL1 they are spring loaded and require channel lock pliers to loosen
    up the tension and move them out of the way.
    Using channel lock pliers, remove the clamps holding the subject hose
    to the rad and the engine. Just grab the clamps and move them back a
    bit, about 2 inches.
    Remove hose, then remove the clamps off that hose and put them onto the
    new hose.
    Install the hose, move clamps into position and you're almost done.
    Pour your coolant back into the equalizing reservoir and start the car
    to let it warm up and get the circulation going. Top if up as needed
    with 50/50 solution of distilled water and antifireeze.
    It shouldn't take you more than an hour to do this.

    navaidstech, Dec 5, 2005
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  3. Check the waterpump first, and if it as a 5-speed, check the end caps on
    the radiator.
    Kevin M. Keller, Dec 6, 2005
  4. tbaby

    Lane Guest

    The end tanks on the radiator are plastic, and if you live in an area with
    harsh weather, they eventually crack. I'd guess it's due to the repeated
    cycling between temperature extremes. I recently had to replace mine due to
    this. You'll see coolant leaking down and dripping off of the black plastic
    tank if that is the case.

    A few years after I bought the car, the water pump bearings also started to
    go bad and leaking began in that area.

    My bet is on your end tanks and not a hose.

    Lane [ lane (at) ]
    Lane, Dec 6, 2005
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