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Old 05-22-2015, 03:12 PM   #1
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Coolant Leak

I have a small coolant leak from the area in the picture. What is this part called and how do I go about fixing it??? Thanks!


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The hard plastic piece is the inlet tube. It should be in stock at the dealer's because these tend to split on early Foci.

The rubber hose that's attached to it is the upper radiator hose.

If it's leaking right at the junction, try putting a worm-gear clamp on the hose instead of the factory spring-clamp that's there...it may not be getting enough grip anymore to hold tightly.

Make sure the engine has cooled before you start fixing!
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Uh, no, LOWER radiator hose.

Odds are the plastic has cracked in the vee of the inlet tube there. I'd be getting that tube pretty quick, the next thing up is a massive fail.

And ask yourself, after thousands of fails in those tubes why they do not make the plastic a bit thicker to stop that??? Then remember the answer next time you are looking for a car.....................
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I'd put my money on hose decay. Hoses are suspect at any time, but typical lifetime is about 10 years for rubber. I bet you find that the hose has split up to the point where the clamp is.

Drain the coolant, and remove the hose. Unless you see a noticeable crack in the actual radiator. It might also be worthwhile to drive around to warm up the engine, then stop, and see where the leak is. I've known more than one radiator to come apart at the top where the metal core joins the plastic, and then spray on the hose so you'd think it was a hose until the radiator literally comes apart.
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