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radiator hose leak

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so yesterday I noticed a nice puddle of green liquid on my driveway as i left for class. once I got done with classes for the day, I checked around for leaks at the radiator and the upper hose was dry, but then upon checking the lower hose, i saw it was wet with coolant. It doesn't seem to be coming through the hose through burst/split/crack etc., but through the top where it connects to the water pump(?) I tightened the clamp down some more (which the screw barely turned at all) and it's still leaking. It's really a pain in the butt to even see much down there, it was hard to even get at the screw to tighten the clamp much less examine connections and such.

Should I just go ahead and replace the hose? The radiator was just replaced in the summer...the truck has 145k on it and i keep up with everything maintenance wise on it.

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Could be the water pump weep hole..
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Can you explain where I would locate that? etc? I'm not that familiar with the water pump or a "weep hole" lol
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It is the part the cooling fan bolts to.Look behind the pulley and that is the water pump.There will be a small hole in the top off the casting just behind the pulley.
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Okay, and what do I do once I find it? Is there an adjustment that needs to made, etc? Sorry if this is a newb question, just trying to figure out what to do.
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Ok, so to update, it seems as though the lower hose is now dry...maybe tightening the clamp did work and it's not leaking anymore, or it may have to do with the hose shrinking/growing due to the weather?
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Ok, so to update, it seems as though the lower hose is now dry...maybe tightening the clamp did work and it's not leaking anymore, or it may have to do with the hose shrinking/growing due to the weather?
it could absolutely have to do with the hose contracting in the cold.
keep an eye on it.
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i seemed to have the same problem when i changed my radiator, upper and lower hoses, thermostat, and fan clutch. the lower hose was leaking at the connector, so i just tightened the clamps up on the hose and drove it around for a week and it seemed to fix the problem. i also put the "screw type" clamps on it and not the stock quick clamps.
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DIY, just change the bottom hose with new clamps ($20) and water pump ($30). It's a very easy task; removing the belt and fan (4 bolts) ... then you will have easy access to the water pump. It is like 1 hour job.
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coolant leak

I notice the plastic coolant reservoir bubbling and water leaking out. Engine runs well. I do not think its leaking from the head or intake. Cannot find a leak from a hose any solutions
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pour pepper the reservoir
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