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URGENT radiator hose fell off!

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by dysphemism, Apr 17, 2003.

  1. dysphemism

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    Ok I need some help asap, I need to get my rig back home before our ticket happy cops notice it and have a field day. I was driving home and noticed my temperature was WAY too hot, so I pulled over and shut it off. Smoke started to come out of the hood, but not a whole lot. I opened up the hood and checked the radiator. The hose on the left side if your looking at the grill came off. Not the big on coming off of the manifold but the small one. It doesn't look like it was clamped on. So I looked at the fluid level, its empty. Im not sure if it matters but the engine is a 454 and the radiator is a 4 core. What should I do?!?!?!?!
     
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    Either get a clamp, or in an emergency, such as Your's, a cable tie/zip tie might do the trick, fill up the radiator, and leave the cap loose, so pressure won't build up.
     
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    That is the heater hose, Clamp it on, put some water in it and haul. Leave the radiator cap loose so the air will bleed from the system. As soon as you are in a safe zone fill the rad correctly.

    John
     
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    Oh yeah, if the engine is still hot when you add water to the rad. start it before adding the water!!!
     
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    ok I'm gonna try and do that in about an hour. The original hose wont quite get on all the way, but Im going to try and force it on there, I dont have any new hose or clamps to use. How bad would it be to let it get cold and then jet home before it heats up again?
     
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    How far do You have to go?
     
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    about 5 minutes on the freeway
     
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    Go for it, best of luck Man!
     
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    ok will do. I'd imagine it'll make it home. Thanks a bunch for your quick responses guys.
     
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    Glad to help, Hope You make it.
     
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    Ok back home without incident! It maintained a normal temp the whole way home with the water in there. Once again thanks guys for helping me out.
     

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