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Old 03-16-2014, 11:13 AM
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HELP! Upper radiator hose spring clip on engine side

I desperately need some help my friends. I just replace my upper radiator hose and my degas bottle hose (lower) and I cannot get the spring clip back in on the radiator hose engine side! Is there a trick to this. A special tool maybe? The hose is on the thermostat housing but there is not enough room to get that clip back in there. Any help is very much appreciated.

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Old 03-16-2014, 11:37 AM
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Try needle - nose vice grips, I believe that will work; how I do it anyway.

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Old 03-16-2014, 11:55 AM
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the clips are made to be LEFT ON THE HOSE. Then when you install it, you literally just push the hose into place until you hear the clip click in

The only time you take the clip off is to remove it, when installing leave it on the hose
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Old 03-16-2014, 12:10 PM
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Yep leave it on the hose, I fought mine like you are talking about, I made it work then I found out that I could have left the clip on it, wish I would have known.
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I got it by doing just that. Put the clip on but rotated maybe 15 degrees to the left where it was not passing through the slots. Then once I slipped the hose on, I merely had to ease the clip over into place. I was quoted $820 by my Ford dealer to put a couple of hoses on and I was determined to do it myself. Thanks guys. Had the EGR coolers already been removed it would have been much easier. That's next on the list.
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