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Old 02-01-2012, 06:55 AM
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replacing lower rad. hose myself...

Hey guys, Im just looking for some insight on replacing my lower radiator hose. I bought the hose from tasca parts for half of what it cost at the dealership. I was told the hose was "the latest product from Ford", and it IS a genuine Ford Motorcraft part.... However, I don't see two O rings in the hose where it connects to the block!! Anyways, has anyone replaced this themselves that can provide some helpful hints on how to remove the metal clips? I bought a pick set to help with the clip located under the radiator where the two hose mate together... any advice or instructions that will be helpful? I haven't done any hoses on this truck yet, so im sure there will be some learning involved with these retainer clips and ect. Im gonna do a full flush and my coolant filter at the same time.
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I did mine about 15k miles ago. It's not a bad job at all, but mine had the dual o-rings in each end? After you drain the cooling system, split the two hoses in the middle behind the radiator first and have a 5 gallon bucket ready because there is plenty of coolant that still comes out. You need to remove the passenger side fender liner thats how I accessed the metal retaining clip then you can pull that half of the hose up and out to remove. You use the same method to put the new one in, go through the fender area. The other half is easy and straight foward.
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I did mine about 15k miles ago. It's not a bad job at all, but mine had the dual o-rings in each end? After you drain the cooling system, split the two hoses in the middle behind the radiator first and have a 5 gallon bucket ready because there is plenty of coolant that still comes out. You need to remove the passenger side fender liner thats how I accessed the metal retaining clip then you can pull that half of the hose up and out to remove. You use the same method to put the new one in, go through the fender area. The other half is easy and straight foward.
Thanks for the info..... I'm sure you just saved me a ton of time and aggravation by telling me to remove the fender lining! I was wondering the best way to get to that upper retainer clip next to the block! I was trying to feel around and get an idea of what I needed to do ahead of time, and I was pretty worried about that top clip.... Not anymore! Thanks man!
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No prob. That retaining clip on the block end of the hose is not terrible to get off, took 2 or 3 tries but its no bad. Getting it back on is easier.
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Part number for 2 O-ring lower hose

I'm getting ready to replace the half that goes to the engine. Any idea what the part number for the 2 O-ring design is? I also want to order one online, but want to make sure I get the new style so I don't have to do this again in a year.
Also, did either of you have any trouble with air is the system once you refilled the radiator without using the refiller tool specified in the TSB.

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Old 03-04-2012, 04:39 PM
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the hose with the double o-ring is easily distiguishable by the white plastic end piece. the original ones are black
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I'm getting ready to replace the half that goes to the engine. Any idea what the part number for the 2 O-ring design is? I also want to order one online, but want to make sure I get the new style so I don't have to do this again in a year.
Also, did either of you have any trouble with air is the system once you refilled the radiator without using the refiller tool specified in the TSB.
I'm not sure of the part number, but I bought mine from TascaParts.com and it was only like $50 shipped. You can look at the diagram to make sure you are getting the right hose. It's all OEM parts, and they are the latest parts from Ford. No issues with air, but keep a gallon of distilled water with you to top off the system after as air bubbles work their way out and create more space
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the hose with the double o-ring is easily distiguishable by the white plastic end piece. the original ones are black
Does the updated lower radiator hose have a white end also or just the upper hose?
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Does the updated lower radiator hose have a white end also or just the upper hose?
Yes. White ends on both upper and lower updated hoses.
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Part number for the lower hose that goes from the midline of the truck to the engine block is AC3Z-8286-A. I have mine right here and am going to replace this weekend. Already replaced the top hose.

Since the clips are just retaining clips, do whatever you need to do to the clip on the old hose to get it off then just wiggle the hose off. The new hose just gets pushed on with the clip already on the hose. When you hear the click, you are done.
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