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Old 05-31-2014, 07:08 PM
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Default Can't get heater hose loose.

Over the winter I found my truck a bit low on coolant during a snow storm. I topped it off with the 'universal' coolant and was then chastised on forums for doing so due to potential issues. Not wanting to leave it that way, I purchased the Prestone 'Flush and Fill' kit.

The kit has you cut the heater hose 'to the top of the engine' and leave the T that came with the kit in permanently. Being leery of leaving my cooling system in the hands of a cheap Chinese plastic T, I planned to remove the heater hose with the words 'top of engine' and temp in the T, flush the system, then reconnect the factory hose.

Trouble is that I can't get the hose off. My questions:
How often should the hoses be replaced? Mine's an '07 and I believe the original hoses. (Im not the original owner). they feel soft but not exceedingly so.
Has anyone had luck removing the hoses with one of the removal tools that looks like a bent screwdriver / ice pick?
Anyone done this and have another idea?

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In the past,
5 years has been recommended for hoses & belts

i believe tires that are exposed to the elements & a 12 volt battery could be added to the list, but no one would just change the tires & battery just because they turned 5

Just cut the hose off, but don't use enough pressure to cut into the plastic of the radiator
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I figure if I'm replacing hoses it's worth the extra $25 or so to do the upper and lower radiator too just for good measure. Anything else I should do while I"m at it? The HOAT coolant is freaking expensive so the plan will be to not open it up for another 7 years or so... Of course by then the radiator will probably fail.
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I figure if I'm replacing hoses it's worth the extra $25 or so to do the upper and lower radiator too just for good measure. Anything else I should do while I"m at it? The HOAT coolant is freaking expensive so the plan will be to not open it up for another 7 years or so... Of course by then the radiator will probably fail.

You may want to consider changing the thermostat while your at it.
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