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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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Interesting enough, in the past 12 months, I had two COP go bad and this water pump and hose. So it seems they must have learned early with this new design that it wasn't the best.

I'm also a little irritated at the location of the oil filter. It's difficult to remove and I can never replace it without the oil dripping on the crossmember that in turn causes an oil drip on the drive for the next couple of days.

The 2000 is an oddball engine, yes. COP ignition, lots of other one year parts like valve covers, intake manifolds, etc. Most of the 2000MY cars had a lot of left over 1999 model parts in general.

2001 they went back to a coil pack, but switched to a camshaft driven water pump on the other side of the engine. Revised intake manifold as well.

Then in 2004 they returned to COP, and changed the valve covers to aluminum, as well as further revising the intake manifold design. Not to mention the electronics were all revised. Water pump remained cam-driven.

2000's are necessarily bad, just different.

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