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Old 05-11-2009, 10:47 AM   #1
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Hey guys, I had the oil changed today and the mechanic "recommended" i get the coolant system flush along with hose replacement. Is the hose replacement really necessary? I have 89K miles, original hoses, live in Atlanta. It is a 2001 SC1, no visible leaks or fraying even at the clamped end. I'd really prefer not spending anymore money on the car the rest of the year but with as hot as it gets not sure I want to take a chance with blowing a hose.
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Old 05-11-2009, 11:07 AM   #2
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The upper and lower radiator hoses are the most likely to fail. Thy will last quite a bit longer than 90,000 miles and 8 years though. You do need to flush the coolant though if its never been done. The book claims the coolant is good for 3 to 5 years depending on where you look. Replace those 2 hoses when you replace the coolant. I think you can wait a year with minimal risk if your coolant looks clean.
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Old 05-11-2009, 11:15 AM   #3
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The coolant was flushed as part of the 60k service, or was it replaced? Can't remember actually... 60K was done at the dealership. I think that was back in 2006, what would clean coolant look like vs dirty?

Also... just got a quote, for upper and lower hose and coolant it's 158 out the door, doesn't seem like a bad price.
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If the coolant was done back in 2006 that is a coolant change and you can definitely wait till next year. A gallon of 100% antifreeze is abut 12.00 max and a gallon of distiled water is 1.75 at the grocery store. RockAuto has both of those hoses for $20.00 for both plus shipping. That will be about 45.00 total for parts and supplies delivered. That leaves about $110 for labor. They are figuring a bit more than an hour labor. Its not a difficult DIY job.
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Hey guys, I had the oil changed today and the mechanic "recommended"
If you got your oil changed at one of those quick-lube places - or even the large chain places - the oil change tech with the "recommendation" was not a mechanic.

I've had some pretty dubious things recommended by those folks, including an oil change five miles after the last oil change, and a coolant flush/fill on a brand new car.
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for upper and lower hose and coolant it's 158 out the door, doesn't seem like a bad price.
You should be able to flush, fill, and replace the hoses yourself for around 1/3 to 1/4 of that amount - even if you're not mechanically inclined.
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Old 05-11-2009, 12:20 PM   #6
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Not mechanically inclined nor do I have tools/ramp available as I live in an apartment complex.. and its a violation of the lease to actually work on vehicles in said complex.

Kinda figured it would be dubious hence I found this site and asked here first, it is close to the 90K service but I doubt I'll get it done 'cause I really can't afford it this year. It is a Gemini Goodyear but still a big chain lookin for upsells. If I get a nice raise at work.. we'll see but I'm not betting on that. He wasn't pushy, just put a quote at the end of the invoice which isn't a big deal. Place I priced above was very reasonable when I got nailed by the lovely GM intake gasket failure, about 75 bucks cheaper then anyone else and work is solid.
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Round here they charge $90 for coolant flush. It can be done w/o ramps and you could maybe do it at a friends house.
From what I understand from my reading here, those hoses tend to last well. I know how you feel about the warm season coming up; but if the hoses look OK they probably are.

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From what I understand from my reading here, those hoses tend to last well. I know how you feel about the warm season coming up; but if the hoses look OK they probably are.
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They aren't swollen or splitting anywhere, are they?

FWIW, I've never had a radiator hose burst on me in three decades of driving used cars, nor have I had to replace a radiator hose.

I've replaced one radiator, but that was because a truck tire went through it.
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Old 05-11-2009, 04:34 PM   #9
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Thanks for the help guys, they are not frayed/splitting so I'll wait till next year to get the work done. Appreciate the feedback.
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Old 05-11-2009, 04:37 PM   #10
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under the lower rad hose is another smaller one that leads up to the t under the overflow tank you may want to check it ,,,eng vib can decay it
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Old 05-11-2009, 06:25 PM   #11
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All,

When a DYI radiator flush is done what do you do with the old coolant? I mean legally...and about that little hose to the overflow tank...It is fatory crimped to the aluminum tube one on end. How do you deal with that?

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The crimp is thin. You cut it with a Dremel cut off wheel being very careful to not nick the main aluminum tube.
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When a DYI radiator flush is done what do you do with the old coolant? I mean legally...and about that little hose to the overflow tank...It is fatory crimped to the aluminum tube one on end. How do you deal with that?

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Have you inquired at your local parts store? You could also check earth911.org.

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If the old coolant is clean, no engine oil, try a big truck stop as it is recycled buy the trucking industry. Some states have recycling programs and some do not. Google for antifreeze and the name of your state and see what comes up. Many places tell you to just send it to the waste treatment facility, pour it down the drain.
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Not mechanically inclined nor do I have tools/ramp available as I live in an apartment complex.. and its a violation of the lease to actually work on vehicles in said complex.
LOL, Do it in the parking lot of an Autozone or other car parts place like I see others do.
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LOL, Do it in the parking lot of an Autozone or other car parts place like I see others do.
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I just replaced a blown lower radiator hose on my friend's Accord last week. The car was a '96 with 156k miles. Most of the hose failures that I've seen or heard about are usually on cars that are over 10 years old and are near 150k miles.

The hoses on your car are probably still fine, but no one knows for sure. The blown radiator hose that I replaced wasn't showing any signs of imminent failure, either. It would have easily passed a hose inspection.

I replaced the upper, lower and bypass hoses on my '96 SL2 in January. It had 121,000 miles at the time. I also replaced the thermostat at the same time. I purchased the hoses (Gates branded) and the thermostat (Stant) from RockAuto and the Prestone Dex-Cool from Walmart. Together, all of the parts cost about $70.

My hoses weren't in poor shape, but I just replaced them to be safe.
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The large diameter hose will fail first as the stress on it is greater everything else being equal. The normal service life of a radiator hose is 10 years or more and as the Saturn uses a 1 1/2 inch hose, which is small as hoses go, the 10 years is very conservative.
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The crimp is thin. You cut it with a Dremel cut off wheel being very careful to not nick the main aluminum tube.
and how do you re-install it? New hose clamp, I assume.

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Yes. You can use a worm drive clamp or a constant pressure clamp like the one on the other end. The constant pressure will stay leak tight longer but is more of a pain to install.

See this thread, http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=130942 post #4.
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