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Old 10-21-2003, 02:53 PM
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Radiator hose colapses...

The top radiator hose on my '88 300SE seems to collapse when the engine cools overnight. With the engine hot - everything seems fine. If I open the cap on the expansion tank with the engine cold, the vacuum is released and the hose expands to normal - is there a problem??

I get a little smoke on start up, but generally the car runs fine - for 250K.

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Old 10-21-2003, 03:26 PM
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I would suggest a new radiator cap to start.
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Old 10-21-2003, 04:28 PM
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Me too! Mine would do that when I once forgot to close the cap tightly I figure yours isn't sealing properly...
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