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How-to » Preventive Maintenance » Belts & Hoses » How to Replace an Upper Radiator Hose
 Note: This is a general guide for all vehicles.

How to Replace an Upper Radiator Hose

PARTS
  • Radiator Hose
TOOLS
  • Screwdriver
  • Cooling System Pressure Tester
  • 1 more tool
STEPS
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Always wear safety glasses when working on your vehicle. Wear other personal protective equipment (PPE) when necessary, for example latex gloves or closed toe shoes.

1
Open the hood and locate the vehicle's radiator.
2
Inspect the upper radiator hose.
3
With the engine off and cold, install the cooling system pressure tester. Apply pressure indicated on radiator cap or in the owner's manual. 6846
4
Inspect the cooling system for leaks. Remove the pressure tester.
5
Place a drain pan under the radiator. Drain the cooling system. 6844
6
Remove the upper radiator hose clamps. Remove upper radiator hose.
7
Install hose clamps on new upper radiator hose.
8
Install the new radiator hose and place the clamps over the hose ends. Tighten the hose clamps.
9
Top off radiator and overflow tank with coolant (anti-freeze / water mixture at 50/50). 7046
10
Run engine until warm and check for any leaks.
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