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Old 06-01-2014, 11:16 PM   #1
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Cursing at 70mph with A/C on when I noticed the A/C started to get warm. I looked at my temperature gauge and it realized it was nearing the Red H mark. (Hot)

I pulled to the side of the freeway and exited as fast as possible. Put the car in neutral at 45mph and car shut off (Check engine light and battery light came on). Pulled to the side and parked the car and an unbelievable amount of smoke came out of the engine(I left the hood closed, thinking it would be too hot to touch). After about 10 minutes all the smoke was gone.

Called in triple A (took 90 minutes for them to arrive). The guy sat in my car and turned it on. No check engine light or anything. Car turned on perfectly and idled normally. He drove the car onto the truck trailer and when we arrived to my house, he drove the car into my garage.

I popped the hood and noticed my radiator fluid was empty and there was coolant on top of my intake manifold (green liquid).

I had changed my thermostat at around 70,000 miles and I have changed my intake manifold at 115,000 miles (it cracked). I am now at 148,000 miles. With the amount of information I have provided, could anyone give me an idea of what could have happened?

This happened 3 days after I took my car to a random local shop to get my rear axle seal fixed.

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What have you checked on the car?I would assume the thermostat is sticking, and the intake maybe cracked. check at the back on the intake where the heater hose is. check all the hose's. good luck
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I haven't had time to thoroughly look, but I did not see a crack on the manifold and the thermostat looked fine. I poured the coolant into the reservoir tank and when I turned the car on, it all just drained out LOL! Does this sound like a bad hose?
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I haven't had time to thoroughly look, but I did not see a crack on the manifold and the thermostat looked fine. I poured the coolant into the reservoir tank and when I turned the car on, it all just drained out LOL! Does this sound like a bad hose?
Make sure you have completely filled up the radiator. the coolant reservoir will drain into the radiator until the radiator is completely full.Can you visually see the area the coolant is leaking from? is it coming out of the radiator? upper or lower radiator hose?Coolant tank? from the water pump? don't drive the car until you fix the leaks. If , i have missed any thing, other members will also offer more help.
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You definatly need to fill the entire cooling system, then let it idle and find see where it is leaking to.
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Alright will do. Is it possible to fill it up with just water and check for leaks while idling? Wasted a lot of coolant...
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Popped open the hood and think I found the culprit. Clicking on the images will make them bigger.









Heater hose core. It seems like it broke off or something, its really strange.

Would this be a easy fix? If not, would it be costly to get it fixed? I'm sure I can go ahead and just duct tape it but rather go a safer/better route lol.

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It's a quick and cheap fix. Most parts stores will carry the connector you need.
Being in LA, you could just by pass the heater core as well.
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Hi roush,

How would I be able to bypass it? It seems like the hose is connected to a outlet tube that goes into the engine?


Also, if you could look at the picture. The heater hose and core, I can't tell which is broken or which is missing a clip.

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From constant google searches it seems the majority of people who had this issue had a broken inlet hose. The one that connects to the intake manifold.

Mine is the outlet. By looking at it I can't figure out whats missing. A type of clip?
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[QUOTE=LilRoush;8395890]It's a quick and cheap fix. Most parts stores will carry the connector you need.
+1 on it being a easy fix. You should be able to get connectors from parts store.there are plastic connectors inside of the hose.Check your Ford dealer ,parts dept. They should be able to print you a pic of how it joins together. Good luck
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It's a quick and cheap fix. Most parts stores will carry the connector you need.
+1 on it being a easy fix. You should be able to get connectors from parts store.there are plastic connectors inside of the hose.Check your Ford dealer ,parts dept. They should be able to print you a pic of how it joins together. Good luck
thanks for the reply champ! I went to ford and got the part.

Spend about an hour trying to fit my hand near the firewall to unclip the hose from the tube and I failed (missed all of 2nd quarter of the kings game). It seems like I would need to take off some other parts before being able to reach in that area so I would need to have more time.

In reality, it is such a simple fix. Would take about 15 minutes to do so, but I could not fit any tool or even my hand to squeeze that metal clip around the plastic outlet to be able to pull it off the tube.

Any tips, without having to remove anything? And would you guys suggest replacing the inlet tube while I'm at it?

Here is the clip lol

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Use a long flat head screw driver to put pressure on one side of the spring clip so that it will loosen the clip on the hose and spin it around to get it in the most advantageous position for removal. Then use long needle nose pliers to grab both spring clip tangs and compress to take the pressure off the hose. Slide the spring clip down the hose away from the mount. You may need to grab the hose with pliers and twist it where it's mounted to break the "seal".

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Or just do it the easy way and buy the tool!

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00947390000P

Lisle makes one too that you can buy for about $30 at Pep Boys.

I prefer these types of clamps over the screw/worm type because you don't have to worry about readjusting them for aging of the hose.

Just getting them on/off is such a bitch that it makes you want to use the worm style.

Anyways the tool is nice because it locks the clamp in the open position while you maneuver the clamp into place then you release the lock on the grips and the clamp closes in place. If you mess up, no worries, get the outer/inner jaws of the clamp retainer of the tool aligned and squeeze the tool handle to recompress the clamp. Takes seconds.

And, it's easy to work in tight locations.
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