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Old 07-06-2008, 07:42 AM   #1
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Where, Oh Where can the Heater Hose Be?

I'm doing a radiator flush this AM. I'm replacing the T-stat and of course the manual is a little on the vague side of where things are located. I know many just pour the coolant into the reservoir, but I would like to find the heater hose.
My focus is a 2001 SE Wagon.. Thanks.
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Old 07-06-2008, 09:23 AM   #2
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I believe on the back of the t-stat housing. With those crappy factory hose clamps.
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The heater hoses come from the back of the engine compartment under the intake manifold, and go to the heater core on the lower part of the passenger side of the firewall. It's easier to access the heater hoses from under the car.

When I've done an engine/radiator flush, I've found it better not to install the thermostat immediately. Use the radiator hoses to back flush the engine after you flush it in the right direction. Just install the thermostat housing without the thermostat for this operation. I generally flush with water until the water is clear. It's a good idea to flush the heater core as well, AND use a hose connector to join the two hoses together bypassing the heater core while you flush the engine. This prevents some rust from settling in the heater core. Fords aren't as prone to rust buildup in the heater core as much as other vehicles that use a valve to regulate heater core operation.

You can probably get away with flushing the engine both ways, then flushing the heater core by itself to save the trouble of using the other method I mentioned.
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^^^ Thats what I meant. LOL
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Stripped the bolts

Well, everything was going almost right until I tried to put the hex bolts back in to put the t-stat in. So, now it's I hope there is an auto parts place open around here today. Can I use anything from a hardware store which might be the same size?

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Got it on, no leaks, life is good..
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