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How to prevent a kinked (flattened) radiator hose?

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#1 sub87dl


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Posted 26 January 2004 - 01:57 AM

As a result of cutting the old radiator hose off when I pulled it at the JY, I now have a situation where a replacement radiator hose is turning too sharply and kinking, or "flattening" as a result. The hose is definitely the proper length and diameter, it's just going through too sharp a turn to hold its shape.
What is the solution to getting the hose to stay fully expanded and not restrict flow by collapsing at the bend?
This particular hose has one of those "spring" things at one end, which is helping, but where can I get another "spring" for the other end?


#2 Turbone


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Posted 26 January 2004 - 02:13 AM

You may have to get a molded hose.

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Posted 26 January 2004 - 09:29 AM

I've never heard of molded hose before. Is that something available from auto parts stores, or do I have to get it from the dealer? Any info appreciated, thanks,

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Posted 26 January 2004 - 09:37 AM

A molded hose is one that is created specifically for your application.. generally available at any parts store

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Posted 26 January 2004 - 01:46 PM

Advance has hoses of various lengths that can be turned and twisted into any shape. They have a spring inside to keep from getting kinked.

I have one that is about 10inches long for the lower radiator hose in my desert camo 6inch lifted brat.

Just thought I would add my expierence.


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Posted 26 January 2004 - 01:57 PM

I need a "molded" hose too. Top hose on Summer is an inch too short. How come the good folks at Pep Boys didn't suggest this in the first place? I went down to Pep Boys chasing a hose and they said "we do it just by application so you need to tell me what it's going in". Hummmm........they didn't have my buggy on file? Why didn't they suggest the universal?

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Posted 26 January 2004 - 03:57 PM

actual molded hoses, should be the ones that are preformed per application at pep boys or any other auto store. they are pre bent. or at least that's what they have been reffered to at the auto stores and around home.

i don't know about the spring inside of a hose... never seen one.

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Posted 26 January 2004 - 04:41 PM

The sping ones work good but if you just bought that one in the area of said bend put some zip ties (bigger ones) on that bend and it will keep it from bending! I have done this trick on my old motor. good luck -Sean

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Posted 26 January 2004 - 09:35 PM

You know -

Napa has a book with pictures and end sizes of all the hoses we sell. I've cobbled together stuff for people who have done some bastardized things to their vehicles (Chevy PU with a boneyard diesel's radiator was the worst). Just find someone who is willing to actually work instead of give you cr*p like "we only list by application"

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Posted 26 January 2004 - 09:45 PM

just a thought if this is a stock set up there should be no need to get all crazy with custom hoses and the like. lots of time hoses are "cut to fit" if I am guessing correctly you are working on the upper hose from the t.stat housing? most of the time those come a little long and need a little triming to fit properly. be more specific what kind of car? what hose? what kind of hose did you get and from where?

Partsman is correct about getting a parts person that knows how to open a book. I used to do parts years ago. a dificult job with plenty of stress.

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Posted 26 January 2004 - 10:00 PM

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