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y-joint exploded antifreeze everywhere

anybody know what this plastic y-joint piece is? i think its a heater thing and nobody knows what it's called

its a yellow plastic piece that connects 1 hose to 2 hoses and it has antifreeze in it. sorry i can't explain better i bought a hanes manual but it doesnt have ANYTHING on this!

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duct tape?
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hmm i dont think that would work. it's basically shattered.. must have been under pretty high pressure...
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That is an abortion someone added to bypass a plugged heater core or to facilitate flushing the cooling system.

Thanks for the popcorn.
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really. but what is the yellow y-joint called?
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Why can't you take it off and take it with you to a parts store?
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well everything is closed now. i was hoping to call before i went. in case they didn't have it so i wasn't driving all over the city looking for this part.
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It is a 'barbed hose Y' . Pick one up at any hardware store.

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Most likely 5/8" or 3/4"
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thank you so much OTR
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Like you said, it's just a hose Y.
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yeah. seems simple. then why do the 5 parts places i called tonight have NO CLUE what i'm talking about. I said "Y hose connector" instead of "hose Y" I'm pretty sure if it was that obvious they would have figured it out. "barbed hose y" could be it. I'll try 1st thing tomorrow. thanks for the straight answer OTR
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That doesn't look like an automotive part. Probably failed because it was designed for water, not antifreeze coolant.
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yeah i think you're right. when i took the old part off it was so melted that it almost didnt come out of the hose.

im replacing both connections today. i have just regular 5/8 hose connectors. im getting rid of this pointless hose.
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