Introduction

How could 2" of anything cause much trouble on a car?

Well, if you're talking about the short coolant hose that connects the thermostat housing to the water pump, it definitely can!

In fact, it's often one of the first things to leak on your cooling system. Maybe it's because it's so short there isn't much room for failure. Whatever the case, if it's leaking it's time to replace it. It's pretty critical, after all. It carries all of the coolant that flows through the engine when the thermostat is closed during the warm up process.

As always when dealing with automotive fluids you should wear the proper protective gear, such as gloves and glasses. Also be sure to catch the fluid properly and dispose of it safely and in an environmentally sound way!

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  • Required: In order to remove your short cooling bypass hose you will first need to remove the thermostat housing. The thermostat housing gasket will need to be replaced, with fresh gasket sealant, at the end of this job. For guidance on removing the housing and replacing the gasket [invalid guide link]

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Image 1/2: During the thermostat housing removal process you'll have already loosened the upper hose clamp on the short hose. Now loosen the lower clamp. Image 2/2: With the lower clamp removed you'll be able to pull the short hose off the water pump inlet.
  • This is the short coolant hose to be replaced. You can see it leaking in this picture. This is a typical failure.

  • During the thermostat housing removal process you'll have already loosened the upper hose clamp on the short hose. Now loosen the lower clamp.

  • With the lower clamp removed you'll be able to pull the short hose off the water pump inlet.

  • Use a pair of pliers for grip if you need to, but it should pull off by hand.

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Image 1/1: Measure its length, and then mark that length on the bulk hose you purchased.
  • Here is the short hose off of the car.

  • Measure its length, and then mark that length on the bulk hose you purchased.

  • Use a utility knife or other appropriate cutting tool to cut the length of hose you need to replace the old short hose.

  • Install the new hose, and then re-install the thermostat housing and gasket.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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I just wanted to say thank you to Nicolas Siemsen for this piece. I am yet to do it because I am yet to buy the piece of hose. But seeing how clearly he wrote the article with pictures I am confident that I can do it. Thanks again.

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You're welcome!

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