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Old 09-06-2002, 11:53 AM
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I just recently had to replace a formed lower radiator hose on a 350 chevrolet. (Not the universal hose you can bend in any direction) I have had this car for 25 years and there has always been a spring on the inside of the hose to keep it from colapsing. This new hose I bought had no spring and the parts guy (experienced) told me that they had stopped putting springs in years ago. I took the old spring out of the other hose cleaned it up and installed it in my new hose before putting it on the car. Am I right to be concerned about that hose colapsing??

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I would be concerned. I'm not a parts man but I am a mechanic for the fire dept and we buy formed hoses that have the spring in them. Maybe it's the brand of hose that doesn't have a spring in it.
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That parts guy might have experience, but not in auto parts. If you can collapse the hose half way by squeezing it between your index finger and thumb, the water pump would make quick work of it. You done good.
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This brings up another question. If you put the hose on the car, it colapses, the motor overheats and burns up, wouldn't the hose manufacturer be responsible? I'll bet if they had legal trouble with this they would put a spring in the hose.
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I just got the same story about no wire in the lower radiator hose from my local NAPA guy. I figured ok, but I took the wire out of the old one and put it in the new one. Obviously I did not like the story either. The car's engine is vanilla so I figured because the motor is boring and stock maybe that was the reason. So the question now how do we reinforce new installations or what to use for real motors? Stuff soup cans inside?
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