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Old 11-26-2006, 08:02 AM   #1
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While preparing the sightseer for winter, I recalled that once i had a coolant leak and thought no more of it since it didn't occur again.I had asked our local Ford dealer to check it while in for service and their report was nothing visible.
So I thought I would reexamine the area that was suspect which was the hose from the coolant manifold to the bottom of the radiator. well, I took the hose clamp (spring type)in my pliers and low and behold it was broke in three places. Replaced,no leak. terry
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While preparing the sightseer for winter, I recalled that once i had a coolant leak and thought no more of it since it didn't occur again.I had asked our local Ford dealer to check it while in for service and their report was nothing visible.
So I thought I would reexamine the area that was suspect which was the hose from the coolant manifold to the bottom of the radiator. well, I took the hose clamp (spring type)in my pliers and low and behold it was broke in three places. Replaced,no leak. terry
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Old 11-26-2006, 04:41 PM   #3
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You need to check all your hose clamps the Fords are noted for bad clamps the screw type are the best the crimp clamps must expand and loose there tightness from heat.
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There have been several posts identifying a known problem with the Ford hose clamps. Many have had the clamps break with varying resulting problems. I agree that the aircraft/screw type should be used in replacement to avoid those difficulties.

(I used to have the Ford chassis.)
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Old 11-29-2006, 08:34 AM   #5
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When getting the screw type,get the stainless steel ones. The cheap ones will rust and break.

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I had the same problem. Broken clamp on rad hose. Ford replaced the clamp ( screw type ) and topped up the fluid under warranty but when I got home the level had dropped. Guess there was an air pocket. Had to go buy a jug of coolant $ 26.00.
Going to keep a close eye on the other clamps. ps does anyone mix tap water with coolant? Manual says you should use distilled water. Talked to a mechanic who says go ahead and use tap water because the negative effects would take many years to do any kind of harm.
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I have used a 50/50 mix with distilled water.
Check the freeze level after add.
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