How to Change a Radiator Hose

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Change a radiator hose in a car when replacing a car engine; learn how with tips from our expert custom-car mechanic in this free auto-restoration video.

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Now we're going to install radiator hoses. What we got going there is the thermostat housing on the top, so this is the return line to the radiator from the engine. The radiator in this car, in order to maintain a nice low hood line, the radiator is actually lower than the motor. A lot of these old Ford's had a tank, an overflow tank, mounted up high. That's too much trouble to install here so we're going to go ahead and use that adapter in the middle of the return line on the upper radiator hose, so that you can fill the radiator from the highest point in the car, in the cooling system. If we just used a radiator cap or something like that it would be actually lower than the motor, and you wouldn't be able to get enough coolant in it. So when we're done it's pretty good looking.

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