I could very well be wrong on this one... but...
Are you talking about the hose that runs from the coolant reservoir (from the top of it) and over the radiator?
Have you tried tightening the hose where it meets the reservoir? It sounds as if air is getting into the system, therefore the bubbles and the leak.
Have you done this? I would try tightening the hose, I think it can be done with a screwdriver.
Any other ideas?
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