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I swear my radiator hoses are cursed by the antichrist. The lower one sprung a leak and peed coolant all over the place in a big fat puddle. Trapping me in a little hick town until i could get towed back to civilization. I think I need to come up with an emergency patch to fix the crap design of these things. It was the lower hose that goes to the overflow. Peein' in the woods like my nephew does.

So now it is at my house and I need to get it to a garage down about 10 miles of twisty mountains roads. I have the hoses from atlantic british.

Is there a quick and easy way to plug the hole for a 10 mile drive? Duct tape? I have thought about remelting the rubber around the leak near the junction to at least hold it together for a few miles with a torch.

Any idea for a quick fix? I am going to have the radiator replaced too or I would do it myself.

Thanks, runs ok outside of that. :pray:
 

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Errr... uhm... how about if you just replace them your self? Hose replacement is one of the easiest items to do on a Rangie even if you aren't at all wrench inclined. Once yo have them replaced, fill up with water, bring up to temp and keep topping off to rid your system air bubbles. Take her for a spin with the heater on high to flush out the heater core as well. Bring her up to temperature, drain and repeat with coolant mix.
 

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Mmmmm... Drooooool. JCW was like porn when I was a kid. I couldn't WAIT for the next catalogue to arrive. I used to circle things at Christmas so folks would know what I wanted. :mrgreen:
 

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^^^Lived in Eastlake for 8 years. Villa Capri apts on Yale.

Question being where is the drain plug on the radiator? is it marked? Sorry have not done this on a Rangie before. Thanks!
 

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I think it's on the LH side just above the chassis. Pulling the bottom hose connection off will have the same effect.
 

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A follow up, the hose had been on for some time and I found that a box knife was a good way to get the majority of the hose off. And coolant out. The hose I got from atlantic british is a little weasly in going on. The curse of big hands I guess. The radiator end went on ok, overflow ok. But the part on the engine side is a problem. It does not want to go on. So maybe a little lube will help and a long flat head screwdriver.

Good times good times. I just need it to work through winter and I am selling it.
 

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If you ever get a hole in a hose, you can use tape to seal it up for short distances. The trick is to release the header tank cap so that no pressure builds up in the system. By having the pressure released simply means that your cooling system will boil at an lower temp, that is, a bit over 100C instead of the 115 to 120C normally. But as your car should only be running at around 90C, it should not be an issue as long as you watch the temp gauge.
 
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