I need to replace the upper rad hose on my 2000 Accord (small leak at
the housing). Are there any particular issues or precautions in doing
this repair? I will be using an OEM hose; are OEM clamps worth it
check it's the hose, not the radiator. the latter tend to go at about
the 10 year mark. and it can get real expensive if you ignore it.
blown radiator typically means you'll fry the head gasket, and that
what's wrong with re-using the original clamps? yes, oem are the best fit.
The thermostat is at the engine end of the LOWER rad hose. Is the leak from
the join between the two housing halves, or is it at the hose end?
Anyway, replace BOTH rad hoses, not just the one. Use some fine emery cloth
to clean the housing stub of any corrosion. And use a bit of coolant (or
spit) as a lube to help the new hose slip on.
Re-use the OEM clamps. They prevent you from wrecking the new hoses, which
just about everybody does when using aftermarket screw-type clamps (just a
The lower hose is best replaced by first removing the rad from the car.
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