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Found coolant leak shop caused?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by ywen, Nov 22, 2010.

  1. Nov 22, 2010 at 7:14 PM
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    Please see these images of the leak from the driver side hose that's coming out of the radiator. I disovered it while changing oil. There also seems to be a whitish spray that got on the oil pan.. which I persume is from the leak. What would cause such a leak?

    I recently had a shop rea-tighten the alternator belt.. I see the pully for that belt is right next to the hose.. could they have bumped it?
    The end that goes into the engine
    [​IMG]

    The white spray on the oil pan
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    The radiator end of the hose
    [​IMG]

    Thanks
     
  2. Nov 22, 2010 at 7:17 PM
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    Looks like a great excuse to replace the hose.
     
  3. Nov 22, 2010 at 7:54 PM
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    replace the hose or just replace the clamp and see if it quits leaking then. those clamps are throw aways anyway......they lose their ability after a few years.
     
  4. Nov 23, 2010 at 6:09 AM
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    thanks I"ll try to replace the clamp+hose.. how do I know whether coolant will pour out when I remove that hose?
     
  5. Nov 23, 2010 at 6:11 AM
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    Is this the one on the top of the rad?
     
  6. Nov 23, 2010 at 6:21 AM
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    It's the lower radiator hose on the driver side. The engine end of the hose is underneath the alternator.

    When the car is sitting shut down, where is the majority of the coolant? inside the radiator? If so, then looks like I will need to drain the entire radiator to do this job... :(
     
  7. Nov 23, 2010 at 6:33 AM
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    Yes, the entire rad is full of fluid at all times. So, you will need to drain.
     
  8. Nov 23, 2010 at 6:44 AM
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  9. Nov 23, 2010 at 6:53 AM
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    One drains the engine. I wouldn't worry about that one too much.
     
  10. Nov 23, 2010 at 6:57 AM
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    Personally, I would just put on a screw type clamp and not remove the hose. If it fixes the leak, great. If it doesnt and you need a new hose, no real loss. Just saves you draining and filling the rad.
    [​IMG]
     
  11. Nov 23, 2010 at 9:17 AM
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    I had to replace my lower hose a couple weeks ago again because of a small pinhole(cheap hose)......so I had to drain the rad. out completely. And definitely use the screw type band clamps.....factory clamps wear out after some time and don't clamp well.
     
  12. Nov 23, 2010 at 9:48 AM
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    I'll try the screw type.. but how do I remove the factory spring-style clamp without taking out the hose? :)
     
  13. Nov 23, 2010 at 1:07 PM
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    I would just push it back a little and put the new on on next to it. Again, if it works, great. If it doesnt, no loss, just replace the hose.
     
  14. Dec 3, 2010 at 8:38 AM
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    So I put a couple of screw-clamp on both ends of the lower radiator hose and it seemed to have stopped the leak! I just moved back the original spring clamp and put the new one on front of it. Thanks for the suggestion!
     
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