Re: Radiator hose coming off - '80 300D
Group: alt.auto.mercedes Date: Sun, Nov 2, 2003, 2:36pm (EST-3) From:
chicken firstname.lastname@example.org (DarthHugsalot)
You are absolutely right. I just checked and sure enough, there's about
3/4" of neck broken off inside the hose. I guess I never noticed the
rough, broken end on the radiator.
Thanks for the tip!
About two weeks ago I flushed the radiator in my 1980 300D. Everything
seemed fine, just routine maintenance.
(I did break off a little plastic nub at a T -junction in a vacuum hose,
but it wasn't attached to anything vital, so I just taped off the hose.
Just after that, I noticed that my fuel tank lid was locked. Apparently
this car has a vacuum locking system that's never worked since I've had
the car. I had to dig around in the trunk to manually disengage the
locking bolt. But I don't think that's related to this problem.)
Twice while I've been driving these last few weeks the upper radiator
hose has slipped off the radiator. I've noticed the temp gauge rising
quickly, stopped the car, and then re-attached the hose. Both times it's
taken over 2 gallons of water to refill the system.
I don't think the brief temperature rise damaged the head gasket or
anything, since the car still runs fine. But I don't want the hose to
come off again! What could cause enough pressure to build in the coolant
system that it would blow the hose off the radiator?
thanks in advance for the advice,
p.s. the email address doesn't work
send e your e mail addresses & will send you a website on raditors.
the case, minus a few cans!