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Old 24 Jun 2018, 07:36 pm
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I've been dealing with a small leak from the upper hose for months with no luck. I'm beginning to think the plastic part that the hose connects to at the radiator might be cracked. It's held on with 2 screws and looks easy enough to change but I can't seem to find it anywhere although I haven't tried a dealer.

Does anyone happen to know a part number or where to find one? This in on an 05 turbo.
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Old 24 Jun 2018, 08:42 pm
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Do you mean the thermostat housing..??

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Old 24 Jun 2018, 09:43 pm
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Thanks for the reply Lion but it's not the t-stat housing, it's where the hose connects directly to the radiator. I tried to post a picture in my OP but it didn't work, I'll try again.
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Old 25 Jun 2018, 05:34 am
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Here's your pic:



I have seen that part mentioned elsewhere on this forum, it will take some searching to find the thread.

That's most likely the original radiator as on new radiators, that part is not removeable. Most likely the only place you could find one would be on a salvage yard one that still has the original radiator.

You might try at a dealership to see if they can come up with a part number, but most likely the only info they will have is for a new complete radiator.

Have you tried taking it apart at that joint as there may be an O-ring or gasket seal that can be replaced.
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Old 25 Jun 2018, 06:13 am
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I recently changed out my radiator and I might have kept that part or chucked it as no longer a need with the new style rad.

If I still have it, it's yours if you pay for shipping.
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Old 25 Jun 2018, 09:14 am
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You could try to run a pressure test on the cooling system to make sure that's the culprit. Most auto parts stores will loan a pressure test kit. You pay for it then get your money back when you return it. It used to be a pump with a couple of fittings for about $60. Last time at Autozone, I got a monster kit with 2 dozen fittings and the deposit was $260!

It looked like this one from ebay



New kit with a $260 "deposit"



Ironically, the "universal" rubber cone fitting was all that is needed.

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Old 25 Jun 2018, 01:46 pm
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Thanks guys, it is the original radiator and it's definitely leaking from under the hose, not from the o-ring or whatever seals the fitting to the tank. This only started after we had new hoses installed. I think I'm going to try replacing the worm drive clamp with a constant tension clamp like it had originally and see how that works.

If that doesn't work I will definitely be contacting cfm, thank you for the generous offer.
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Old 25 Jun 2018, 08:04 pm
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Thanks guys, it is the original radiator and it's definitely leaking from under the hose, not from the o-ring or whatever seals the fitting to the tank. This only started after we had new hoses installed. I think I'm going to try replacing the worm drive clamp with a constant tension clamp like it had originally and see how that works.

If that doesn't work I will definitely be contacting cfm, thank you for the generous offer.
That new clamp may very well be the problem as it's not the recommended clamp, especially for clamping around a plastic part.



It appears that a trail of coolant can be seen directly below the screw of the clamp in the above pic.
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That new clamp may very well be the problem as it's not the recommended clamp, especially for clamping around a plastic part.



It appears that a trail of coolant can be seen directly below the screw of the clamp in the above pic.
Dang rckstein, you sure have got better eyes than me but your exactly right. It doesn't leak cold and it doesn't leak hot but after driving about a mile and stopping this morning there was an obvious drip from the bottom of the hose.

I've never had a problem with the OEM spring clamps leaking so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that will fix the problem. If not it's very nice to have cfm's offer as a backup.

I called our local dealer today and got a good guy in parts who found the part the hose connects to but he said it wasn't available separately and you would have to buy the whole radiator.
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Dang rckstein, you sure have got better eyes than me but your exactly right. It doesn't leak cold and it doesn't leak hot but after driving about a mile and stopping this morning there was an obvious drip from the bottom of the hose.

I've never had a problem with the OEM spring clamps leaking so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that will fix the problem. If not it's very nice to have cfm's offer as a backup.

I called our local dealer today and got a good guy in parts who found the part the hose connects to but he said it wasn't available separately and you would have to buy the whole radiator.
FYI-New MOPAR radiator hoses include new spring clamps. I'm getting ready to have a tune up done on my PT and while the upper intake is removed, going to have the upper radiator hose replaced. The lower radiator hose was replaced last year when the radiator was replaced.

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