Almost lost the upper radiator hose!

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  1. cmacclel

    cmacclel Hellcat Member

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    I picked the car up a few weeks ago and was waiting for the dealer to overnight me the Lien Release paperwork so I could register the car. I drove this home 350 miles from the dealer thank god I made it :) I went to get an inspection sticker last night and opened the hood to let the guys check the car out and saw this.
     

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    Wow, good catch! Glad you made it home before anti freeze made a mess.
     
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    Actually the pulley just wore through the hose sleeve barely a mark on the hose itself :) Finally I have some luck :)
     
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    Dodged a bullet...pardon the pun.
     
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    Why is it resting there? Is the radiator assembly sitting in the upper "U" brackets correctly?
     
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    It's resting on the pulley because the upper radiator hose slid back on the radiator upper port. I guess it's a known issue and the fix is to add a worm style clamp.
     
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    The additional clamp was to prevent the hose from leaking and blowing off. Was the hose leaking at the clamp? If not something else is going on.
     
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    The hose was only on a 1/4 of the way. So if I left it alone it surely would have blown off. I had no leaks.
     
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    I'm glad you noticed that before something terrible happened!

    A similar thing happened in my 06 msrt. I was sitting at a red light on a hot day in Houston, I heard a funny squeak and thought "that was odd". I kept an eye on the temp gauge and the temp started creeping up even before the light turned green. I immediately pulled over, popped the hood, and saw that the upper hose completely fell off the radiator! The squeak sound was from the coolant spraying all over the serpentine belt and pulleys. Two worm-type clamps were needed to fully secure the hose again.

    Just another part of the wonderful Mopar experience :)
     
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    Must be a very early build. They put out a TSB for that issue a while back
     
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    How can I tell my build number?
     
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    PM Resume speed with the last 8 of your vin.
     
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    I had the same thing, got it fixed at about the 16k mile mark. I wasn't even "too" worried about it until I noticed the 16's had a different hose and PN. Had them change it out under warranty to the new PN and good to go
     
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    thank you for sharing this. Maybe FCA tracks this and something becomes of your concern. Very strange and good for you that it worked out.
     
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    Pretty sure its what led to the part redesign, the newer hose look like its cut a half inch to an inch shorter on the radiator side to pull it away. Also think it has a longer piece of coiled wire in the tube to
     

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