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Old 04-04-2013, 07:47 AM
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Well no wonder....

Getting off the highway on the way home from work yesterday, I noticed a bit of smoke coming from under the hood (more like steam, actuall). I was only about 1.5 miles from the house, and all the gauges were normal, so I went for it. Just before I pulled in my driveway, the temp gauge went to the red, so I shut it down and coasted into the driveway. Upon opening the hood, this is what I saw. I reattached, added more fluid (the reservoir was almost empty while the engine was off), and fired her back up. No problems then or on the drive in to work this morning. Whew!

Anyone else have this happen? I was thinking of zip tying or hose clamping it on there, but don't want to break the plastic nub off. It seems pretty solid as of now, but I will definitely be keeping a closer eye on it from now on!
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:05 AM   #2
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Use a little hose clamp, mine has one on there.

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Old 04-04-2013, 08:09 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by Csahara View Post
Use a little hose clamp, mine has one on there.
x2. If not , it will work its way off again eventually.
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Do you know if the radiator has been replaced? Just asking because it looks original in the picture. As with any vehicle, as radiators get older they are a geyser waiting to erupt and the failure of a relatively cheap part can cause expensive repairs (i.e. head gasket or worse). Maybe this is a good sign, and opportunity to do some preventative maintenance. Radiators are pretty cheap for these, I've done a few, and they are an easy replacement.

You should also, if it has not already been done, look at the hoses, fan clutch, and thermostat. In total, assuming you do the work, your looking at around $300 (give or take a little) for parts. What you get is cooling system peace of mind, both on and offroad. Sorry for going of on a tangent here, but I've seen a number of these fail and cause expensive repairs.
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:45 AM   #5
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i just replaced my radiator, hoses, thermostat, thermostat housing, and radiator cap got the parts at carquest for just under 170.
You probably don't need to replace the housing but it was 10 bucks and I liked the fact it was clean already and one more new part under the hood.

also if I had the time I would of ordered this radiator.http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=AB69UMROQUAO8 it is 129 and carquest's half plastic one is 115
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