Car: 88 Crown Vic.
I put in a new radiator because the old one began leaking. After
installing the new radiator, I realized that the top metal line that I
attached to the new radiator had started to leak fluid from the back of
the fitting rather profusely, back onto the fluid line and down onto the
radiator lower hose and splatteing on the engine, where it burned and
I backed it off of the radiator a bit and it leaked less, but didn't
stop. I can't seem to stop it leaking. I can replace an alternater or
starter, but I've never dealt with metal fluid lines before now. What
do I do to make the $*&#!@ thing stop leaking my precious fluid? Do I
have to get new lines or is there a better way? Someone was talking to
me about cutting them down or something, but I'm not doing jack until I
know the *right* way to fix the problem.
Thanks in advance.
First thing to do is look for a crack at the fitting mating surfaces.
- unless you used teflon tape on the threads, which is unneccessary BTW,
I'm thinking crack.
If the line-side fitting is at fault, you have a couple choices:
Install a whole new line
Cut the line a few inches away and fix a new end, splice with fuel line.
Use a neoprene washer or O-ring at the mating surface
- This line operates at relatively low pressure.
Yeh, I'm a Krusty old Geezer, putting up with my 'smartass' is the price
you pay..DEAL with it!
hmmm 88? Didn't those old Fords have fittings with o-rings on them? I
remember on those type of fittings it was best to replace them whenever
they were removed. (or they would leak) The type I'm thinking of looked
rather large, kinda like a large long nut. much larger than the normal
These fittings look like giant nuts with a short threaded part on the
end that goes into the metal sockets on the side of the radiator. The
leak is coming out of the back of the "nuts" and going down the metal
lines. It is the same basic thing as all of the brake line fittings
going into the master cylinder. How in the heck do I replace these
things? They seem to be attached to the end of the metal tubing somehow.
Those are the ones....Its been sooo long I can't remember how to remove
them. Buy the new ones and look in the end. I bet they come off kinda
like a some Ford fuel filters. A little plastic clip inside. If its like
I am guessing you need a fuel filter removal tool(cheap).
some look like this:
some look like this:
The second one is a kit with different sizes.
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