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- Feb 16, 2015
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- Big Bear Lake, ca
When the heater core T fittings give out I’ll make sure I get the the right replacements and not dorman ones cuz that’s not a job I want to do twice lol.Just buy a quality gates or continental stock replacement hose. I don't know that it's worth risking trying a Dorman fix for that. Definitely buy quality Ts at the heater core and don't go donkey balls on it when disconnecting those hoses at the core. Be patient there.
Got the other connection deal swapped out. It wasn’t too terrible of a job but the factory heater core hoses were a pain the ass to get disconnected from the factory plastic connector at the water pump. They have barbed plastic inserts that the hoses go over and the barbed piece stays locked into the end of the hose. If I’d have known I had to dea with that I would have skipped that and just bought new hoses and replaced the heater core T fittings at the same time. But none of the videos I saw online talked about replacing the other fitting. Had I not had to mess with cutting those barbed pieces out of the hose the job would have been a bit easier. Although maybe not with the getting the other T fittings out… who knows…
Anyways after getting the barbed pieces out I mounted each hose and clamp to the new aluminum fitting, and mounted it back to the spot on the water pump. Didn’t have enough coolant to fill it back up at home, which I thought I did, so I had a buddy grab me a fresh gallon Friday morning. It’s all buttoned back up. The new fitting almost looks like it doesn’t stay in place as it wigged a bit. But the clamps are in pace and no coolant has raked after driving it yesterday afternoon, and back and forth to work today.