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Old 03-15-2012, 05:44 PM
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truck leaks fluid, but only when sitting. I was dreading the expence of new rad. I purchased a uv light and dye "25 bucks" after a look under the truck at night. it was obvious, leak on bottom of rad, was not coming from rad, but running down the hose and dripping off rad. the hose that hooks to the water pump was leaking. the truck has 3 water hoses. 2 lower and one upper. I have purchased 2 wrong so far. so, I'll have new hoses when all said and done. I ordered the third hose. I'll let you know. dale
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Old 03-15-2012, 06:37 PM
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Sweet. Good job finding the leak and not just jumping to "oh another 6.4L rad leaking , figures" ( which truth be told is probably what I would have done).
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Old 03-16-2012, 06:30 AM
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Same thing happened to me a few months back.... Including me getting the wrong hose twice!! After sending the first one back, I kept the second "wrong hose" and ordered the correct one. I just replaced the upper and lower hose since both are prone to leaking. (only my lower was leaking though). Do yourself a huge favor and buy a pick set (like dentist tools) at any automotive parts store to get those snap clips off.... They are a PITA!! I did a full coolant flush while i was at it along with a diesel site coolant filter
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Old 03-16-2012, 08:35 AM
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truck leaks fluid, but only when sitting. I was dreading the expence of new rad. I purchased a uv light and dye "25 bucks" after a look under the truck at night. it was obvious, leak on bottom of rad, was not coming from rad, but running down the hose and dripping off rad. the hose that hooks to the water pump was leaking. the truck has 3 water hoses. 2 lower and one upper. I have purchased 2 wrong so far. so, I'll have new hoses when all said and done. I ordered the third hose. I'll let you know. dale
I think I might have the same thing going on. I like your idea but don't understand the reason for the dye. Can you explain to my sub par mechanical mind?


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Old 03-16-2012, 08:41 AM
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I have the exact same hose leaking. Ordered all new hoses and they are going on Sunday. Tr new hoses are updated with a second O ring so they should not leak again.


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Old 03-16-2012, 08:46 AM
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Man i have been lucky and havent had a issue with this. How hard are they to fix and how much do they cost? Might replace while im doing coolant flush and all.
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Old 03-16-2012, 11:07 AM
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Man i have been lucky and havent had a issue with this. How hard are they to fix and how much do they cost? Might replace while im doing coolant flush and all.
If your doing a coolant flush it wouldn't hurt to replace them.... Especially with your mileage. They are $50 a piece if you get them from TascaParts.com and that's including the shipping charge. The updated hoses have a white fitting with the two O ring design where as the old ones are black. They aren't hard to replace, but the snap clips can be a real pain to get off. As stated above, I wouldn't even try without a pic set.... They are key. The EGR coolers are in the way for the upper hose (on drivers side) but it's definitely manageable.
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yup, all 3 of mine are new, my experience went like this, coolant bottle leaked, left it, upper hose leaked, replaced it, lower hose leaked, replaced it, radiator got a hold in the side ford replaced it.

seemed like eeach time i fixed something it would just find a new place to releive the pressure
its all good now!!!!!!
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Old 03-16-2012, 06:23 PM
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Ok, I just finished changing all three hoses. top hose was the hardest for me. bottom hose that hooks to the water pump was easy after I took the time to drop the steering arm. One cater kea, and one nut, and used the steering arm puller. Not to hard, i just didnt want to do it lower passenger side was easy after I removed or loosed the inner fender linner. took 2 minutes after i fought with trying to get to the clip off the hose for 15 to 20 minutes. invented new cus words. I think I called it a "friggin piece of *****" at one point. finally put on my face shield, to stop the water tourture treatment. I let the d@#n thing drip for 12 hours and it still dripped while changing the hoses. anyways no leaks If I could figure out how to send pics I would. dale
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Old 03-16-2012, 06:26 PM
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casy, are the HIDs in the head lamps good? I live in the country in deer territory
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