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Old 02-18-2014, 05:24 PM   #1
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Radiator Hoses.

Radiator fluid looking a little brownish and wanting to find time to change the coolant. While doing so, I'm considering replacing both the upper and lower rad hoses.

Thoughts on if I should grab the coolant and hoses at the Jeep dealer? NAPA store? Auto Zone or some where else ?

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Old 02-18-2014, 07:26 PM   #2
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Get them from a parts store and you'll pay a lot less than what you would pay at the dealership.

As for the hoses, If I change one I tend to change them all. Also, remember to flush the system out well.

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Thanks Mac, was just just worried about the quality of the " parts store" parts.
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How many miles on your TJ? If you are close to 100K then go ahead and change your water pump and thermostat at the same time (you will thank me for this). You should do both upper and lower hoses as well as the 2 heater core hoses.

NAPA is fine for the hoses and antifreeze. (I bought the water pump and thermostat from NAPA as well)
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Radiator fluid looking a little brownish and wanting to find time to change the coolant. While doing so, I'm considering replacing both the upper and lower rad hoses.

Thoughts on if I should grab the coolant and hoses at the Jeep dealer? NAPA store? Auto Zone or some where else ?
brown coolant is a result of the corrosion of your engine block. coolant has corrosion inhibitors in it, by the time your coolant starts turning brown those inhibitors are long deteriorated.

definitely time to fully flush the entire system and replace all the hoses.

here's the flush procedure:
brown in my radiator? - Page 4 - JeepForum.com

use only HOAT (like Zerex G05) - read here why: Does anyone change their antifreeze annually?
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Old 02-19-2014, 06:00 PM   #6
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Thank you for the info!

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