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Old 03-24-2013, 07:50 AM
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Cautionary -- check your lower radiator hose frequently

Ford's orginal design places it close to the steering box and vibrations will wear a small area about the size of a dime off the outside of the hose (it's often unnoticeable given its proximity to the steering box).

Ford's "redesigned" lower radiator hose now contains an add'l "sleeve" to protect this area, but many of the aftermarket hoses do not provide this protection.
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I saw on my 99 7.3 that the bolts for the steering stabilizer like to rub on it also
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I agree! it is very important to make sure that the plastic protector sleeve is in the correct spot on the hose, otherwise the steering box will rub a hole in it.

Mine had a hole rubbed in it after the dealer had removed and replaced the engine for headgaskets and did not get the plastic sleeve lined up where it was supposed to be.
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