Hey everybody. So yesterday I was flushing out my cooling system. Figured I'd throw in a new t-stat and check over all the hoses while i was at it. (98 Duratec) Pulled off the lower rad hose, noticed it'd been rubbing on the frame and was showing reinforcing threads. So I figured i'd pick up a new one, no big deal (maybe put some wire loom stuff around it or something). Then I figured i'd check out the hose that goes from the t-stat housing up to the water pump. stuck my hand up in there, and realized it's metal. i thought that was kinda goofy for a water pump, but whatever. so i started fondling it a bit to make sure it was allright, and big chunks of crap fell in my face. and sure enough, the pipe just disintegrated in my hands. which is kind of a pain, yeah, but at least I caught it now and not a week from now when i plan on heading down the mass pike on vacation.
so i'll just pick up a couple new hoses right? i wish. autozone, advance, and carquest don't carry replacements. went to the dearlership. 'bout $30 for the lower hose. $160 some for the "inlet hose". say what? for a hose? fordpartsnetwork has it for $140something which is less bad, but still not what i would classify as 'reasonable,' rockauto doesn't seem to have it at all.
so finally getting to the point of all this rambling ... anyone else had to replace this monster, and if so, anyone know how i can avoid getting raped?
I have some rust converter that is supposed to turn it into a black tough barrier. Used it up in the strut towers. The bubbles will scrape off and seems to be pretty solid metal under. Doesn't look like much rusted away. Amazing how much expansion steel has under certain rust conditions.
Not too bad. Seems solid enough for now. Any Idea how think the pipe is?
I think I will just soak it in wd40 before I put it on and do so every so often. The rust converter stuff is only good up to 200°F. If the black paint is bubbled up like mine, jsut putting wd over that will probably not help as the moisture is trapped underneath that. My theory was to open it up and let it breath. The heat from the coolant should keep it dry for the most part. Just have to worry about the salt.
A quick pull of the wheel well splash guard and a nice lather of wd should do fine. If I need to replace it in the future, I know how and shouldn't take too long.