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Old 02-05-2014, 05:26 PM   #1
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Popped cap on radiator hose

Hello! was looking for some help identifying a part on the radiator hose assembly and perhaps any insight to a solution for it. We were driving home a few nights ago and heard a loud pop with a yellow dash light on so I pulled over nearly immediately. I thought it was a tire perhaps, but after getting out and noticing all the steam we realized it was obviously engine area related. It was too dark to really notice what it was, so we pushed the car home about a mile and looked the next day.

When I fill the chamber with water it rushes out this side port that looks like it probably was capped previously (explains the pop) I'm not sure if this is intentionally there for during a flush or if it was a sealed part that just wore down after 200k miles.

Thanks for any input ! :)


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Old 02-05-2014, 05:41 PM   #2
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It's not a cap. Just a weak spot in the pipe. The whole thing needs to be replaced. They usually split open. I've never seen the end pop off like that. You might get it at a local parts store.
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Old 02-05-2014, 05:43 PM   #3
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yep you'll have to buy a new one, that peice tends to crack anyway Id keep a spare around.


There was some dude making them out of copper, dont know what ever happened with it I tried to get one but he never replied....

anyway heres what you need

Water Inlet Tube", part # YS4Z-8290-BA



this is what usually happens to that plastic pipe






Jayracing was making this, i called and left a message... Ill report back...... I need to do this too for preventive maintenance

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This is the picture from ford for the part your looking for
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Thanks a ton for the quick replies
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Old 02-05-2014, 06:14 PM   #6
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Qweesy, do you know if these are all the same specification for all years? I found:

http://www.amazon.com/Dorman-902-206...dp/B001C6OYYE/

Though the site and a few reviews suggest it would work on 2001+ years, ours is 2000.. I wonder if there was a design shift after the first year of focus?

And yea I saw another post about the aluminum one from jayracing, but didn't see anything on their site
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Old 02-06-2014, 08:35 PM   #7
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2000-2004 should be all the same. Both my Zetecs have split this same pipe, though not quite so dramatically.
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Old 02-06-2014, 09:57 PM   #8
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It's become a pretty common problem. I would suggest getting it from a local Ford dealer as that is quite an important piece. No reason reason to risk getting a damaged part in the mail. The OEM part is only like $30.
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yes its the same
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I got the part from ford after recreating it with misc radiator pipe fittings from autozone, since this particular part had to be "ordered" by ford. The only problem I have now is that it keeps falling off it's mounts (plastic fake screw punches). The way I see it now is that the one I made from fittings which used a diameter change fitting, a length of tube, and a t-fitting to make it just the same looking as oem, was probably better because it wouldn't sag, or become brittle again like the new oem one I got from ford.
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