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Radiator hose is a pita

Is it just me or is the bottom radiator hose a real pain in the *** to change on these trucks? How do you guys get the clamp on the hose? I changed my hoses a couple weeks ago and the bottom one has started leaking. When I changed it the first time it took me forever to get the stupid thing in because my hand was to big and all the tools I tried were to big to get in there. You guys got any tips or anything to make it easier?

Im really not looking forward to changing this thing....
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Here is the tool you need for the spring hose clamps on the radiator, and heater hoses:

http://buy1.snapon.com/catalog/item....re&dir=catalog
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ehh I wouldnt use them other then now, so I dont think they are worth getting. Does those really help any with getting up in the tight spaces?

I was thinking maby I could use this type of clamp instead of the ones that come stock. I could get a wrech up in there alot easier and this would be easier to get over the end of the hose.

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ehh I wouldnt use them other then now, so I dont think they are worth getting. Does those really help any with getting up in the tight spaces?

I was thinking maby I could use this type of clamp instead of the ones that come stock. I could get a wrech up in there alot easier and this would be easier to get over the end of the hose.

http://www.virtual-hideout.net/guide...hose-clamp.gif
The Snapon spring clamp tool works great!
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The Snapon spring clamp tool works great!
I'll have to look at them when I get a new hose and see if I can find one for a reasonable price, Probably wont be a snap-on though.
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I'll have to look at them when I get a new hose and see if I can find one for a reasonable price, Probably wont be a snap-on though.
I've used the Snapon, and can vouch how well it's made, and how it works.

Here is one that isn't a Snapon, but is a lot cheaper:

http://www.thetoolwarehouse.net/shop/AP-9409.html
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my hoses must have been replaced before. I have worm clamps on the upper and lower hoses.
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ehh I wouldnt use them other then now, so I dont think they are worth getting. Does those really help any with getting up in the tight spaces?

I was thinking maby I could use this type of clamp instead of the ones that come stock. I could get a wrech up in there alot easier and this would be easier to get over the end of the hose.

http://www.virtual-hideout.net/guide...hose-clamp.gif
Always use those for your hoses.. I switched all of my engine spring clamps to these type.. and it works perfectly, theres NO fighting to get the stupid spring to pop off.. and only costs a few more bucks then normal to get a full set for the pickup =)
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yea that what i used and it worked great, but you can get one from advance auto parts for $25
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Well I cant get it to leak again. I checked the clamps and they are tight so im just going to watch it and if it leaks again ill try to find where its coming from. I have a box of those clamps that you tighten down(cant think of the right name) so ill use those if or when I change it.

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