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Old 10-13-2002, 09:43 PM
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Better radiator hose check?

Hi,

I have read that a soft radiator hose can be a sign that it will go bad soon. However, I know that on my truck, even when new, the hose was soft when the engine was cold. It wasnt rigid or anythting. I squeezed the hoses on my 300D, and wanted to see how they were. They were both soft. No cracks or anything, just kind of soft. I dont know if this is indicative of a hose that is going to fail or not. Im driving to Boston next weekend, which is about a 5 hour nonstop trip, and the last thing I need is the hose to fail on the return trip...
Any hints/suggestions would be most appreciated.
Thanks

JMH

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Old 10-13-2002, 10:17 PM
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radiator hose check

Your question indicates you suspect there could be a problem, just replace them its cheap insurance, especially if it has been a number of years since last done. Think of it as an early winter prep.

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