This site is 99 percent member supported less than 1 percent comes from advertising - so please consider an annual donation to keep this site running. The best time to perform a squeeze test on the radiator hose would be immediately after a drive, when the engine is still warm. There is a poster on another site outraged because shortly after having a car serviced, he had and overheat complete with a flashing cooling light, but still drove the car home. The patch should hold until you get a new hose. I pulled into the driveway just as it hit 250.
Starting at the center just over the hole press the tape firmly in place. Find the blown fuse, and replace it with another fuse with the same amp rating. I was shooting another video and I smelled antifreeze. You will be surprised by how effective these tapes are in solving emergencies and problems. That means you should still head on over to the nearest service station and have a professional look over your radiator and your radiator hose so you could have a more permanent solution for your problem. Your vehicle is just like many things in life where taking the easy road now may result in finding yourself stuck on the hard road.
His career began in the car audio industry as a shop manager, eventually working his way into a position at Rockford Fosgate as a product designer. Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you. Check out all the available on or trust one of our 17,000 for routine maintenance and repairs. If you squeezed it and it was neither too hard nor too soft, only normal, then the radiator hose is still in good condition. If it was due to loose connections, all you have to do is tighten screws and clamps. I have gone through three or four rolls of both products in the last year.
Jefferson has also written 4 books and produced countless videos. No check engine light, no other diagnostic light, just the flashing coolant light. The Wrap-Fix tape has no adhesive and won't damage the surface it's applied to or leave any sticky residue. From repair tapes to clamps to radiator hose repair kits and safety advice, you can find all your repair solutions here. Next steps is to load it on a flatbed, and drop it off at the shop.
Now, time to patch that leak. Rad hoses are stupid easy to replace dude. Silicone tapes are known to be one of the strongest repair products in the world, so much so that even the leading industries make use of them. Emergency hose repair is critical when you are in a tough position stuck on the side of the road. If the cause of the leak is a defective hose, then you have the option of immediately replacing it with a new one. After significant improvements it is now sold Worldwide under the Rescue Tape brand.
Thanks again for your question! The uses are only limited by your imagination! It would be cool to see you turn this into a series or something, but I figure it would be pretty hard considering most roadside repair is done with whatever is on hand. If you carry a welder in your vehicle properly grounded to allow you to weld your vehicle, then your mechanical knowledge is vastly superior to mine and no doubt you already know how to fix this. This is a simple process and adds not only functional value, but I think it looks pretty great too. I notice that the car runs between 190 - 210 degrees using Scangauge most of the time in warm weather, so will the 160 stat be a benefit? Emergency Radiator Hose Repair with Silicone Rescue Tape So on to the emergency radiator hose repair… Remember, this is a hypothetical emergency situation First off, wait for your car to cool off. So we'll get started with this tutorial once you have the front bumper cover removed. I have had to use this twice now and I have been amazed both times.
Fact: Most engines operate at a temperature of 200 degrees Fahrenheit. I am a hobbyist, not a certified mechanic, so I can not guarantee the accuracy of this information. No more waiting a long while for the adhesive to catch on and fix the problematic leaky hose. Unfortunately, there are still other options available to you, especially if the radiator hose is relatively new and still in good condition, except for the area where the leak is. Cut it off and make sure the ends are securely stuck and sealed.
Jefferson Bryant A life-long gearhead, Jefferson Bryant spends more time in the shop than anywhere else. The upper hose required a little more work. You can easily tell the wire clamps apart from the two because it is the only one that does not have a screw holding it together, unlike the stainless steel gear clamps and banded clamps. Before you do anything, wait about 15 minutes for your vehicle to cool off. Based on how quickly the vehicle is losing coolant, replacing the radiator would be the most logical solution. In general, the hotter the burn in your combustion chamber, the more efficient your engine will be which means better mileage and more power. Position and tighten the clamps to lock the coupling and hose together.