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lower radiator hose
glenn-tc88 Offline
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#1
Replacing all the coolant hoses. Just removed the lower hose and it has a spring inside it. Got one spring out but other is not is not so easy. New gates hose does not have springs so i thought i would swap them to new hose.  Do you all think the springs are needed to prevent lower hose from collapsing?
Glenn Dembowski
2003 Mercury Marauder Black
1988 Thunderbird TC Sandalwood 5sp
1974 Harley Davidson FLH
1998 Chevrolet K1500
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ABird Offline
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#2
It's a pain, but move the spring to the new hose.
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Jeff K Offline
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#3
^^^^ Yup!!

No spring = possible hose collapse under high RPM conditions.
Jeff Korn

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Rob H Offline
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#4
I did not know it was important, but when I recently changed mine it was also a gates and had no spring.
I'll guess I'll be redraining again.
I found the hose is easy enough to slice with an exacto knife so I would just slice it end to end with a good new blade. That should make getting the spring OUT easy enough.
I know when I was picking up a flush kit I saw springs for sale for the inside of hosss as well.
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glenn-tc88 Offline
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#5
yes i cut hose apart and screwed them in new hose.  screw method worked. use a pair of pliers near the end to get them in all the way.
Glenn Dembowski
2003 Mercury Marauder Black
1988 Thunderbird TC Sandalwood 5sp
1974 Harley Davidson FLH
1998 Chevrolet K1500
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RC Martin Offline
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#6
I had not heard of swapping the speing before. When I did my hoses I read elsewhere that modern hoses don't need a spring since they are made differently?
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