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Need A New Coolant Hose

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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?


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yea this is part that I have trying to find also.Dealer told me the part is being discontinued, so soon even the dealer will not be able to get these. I ended up coating the pipe in high temp epoxy resin and then painting it with chassis black. At this point in time I hope it holds.
Unless you run straight water this pipe always rusts outside in. Copper is a question mark with this motor. Stainless would be perfect. Gates sells the rubber ends by themselves for about $12, but no metal.You guys in the south could make money by getting these out of yards and reselling them. I tried to talk to several Carolina yards about this part. The answer was always - "I'm not doing that much work for a $5 part". When I offered $50 for a good one they hung up on me. These guys in the yards do not believe you a serious. I can buy an excellent duratec motor here locally for this car for $300, with a good cooling tube, but he will not sell the tube off of the motor. if I was sure that enough people would buy them I could get a few dozen made in stainless for a couple of bucks each. Add the rubber part and you are set for life.

Local used car dealer just had 2 cars with bad tubes. One guy kept driving and fried the motor.
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