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Breezer
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5/28/2006
17:30:26

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How do you remove the top radiator hoses from the cap housing? Can you just pull them off or is there a special tool you have to use?

I have a 2000 Dakota with the 3.9L V6

Thanks for all the help.



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5/28/2006
22:05:10

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those top hoses arent that bad.... you can ethier take the thermostat housing off by removing the two 13mm bolts to get the tension clamp off and replace thermostat and gasket along with the hose and when you go to put it back together grind off or bend that little tab out of the way.... it makes it alittle easier apon reinstalling.... or you can a long pair of needle nose pliars and squeeze the clamp inorder to pull the hose off....


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5/28/2006
23:53:42

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Thanks for the reply. but I meant removing the hoses that are attached to the cap. There are no clamps holding them on and I was wondering how you get the hoses off the cap. Thanks in advance.



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5/29/2006
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the coolant reservoir hose? Just twist on it, and pull it off.



Breezer
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5/29/2006
08:02:21

RE: Replacing Top Radiator Hoses
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Sorry, guess I'm not making myself clear. On my Dakota, there are two top radiator hoses. One goes from the radiator to the cap where you add fluid. The second hose attaches to the cap to the engine block (where the thermostat is). The ends attached to the cap housing seem to have a black plastic ring that holds it to the cap housing. I was wondering how you remove the ends with the black plastic ring. Does none of this make sense? If I had a camera I'd snap a picture.

Thanks again for the help.



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5/29/2006
20:11:13

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Hey Breezer!

I know what you mean!

Those "black rings" are a form of hose clamp that work just like heat shrink tubing. Gates Rubber Co. sells these in the aftermarket as "Powergrips". They hold like crazy, but you need a heat gun to install them. You'll sometimes see them as O.E.M.

Anyhoo, they are one time use only! You'll have to cut them off to free the hoses from that housing the cap is on. Be careful, as I think the housing is plastic (don't want to gouge it, if you can help it). Get a sharp hobby knife or similar and slice gently across the ring. If you're good or lucky, you may be able to do this without damaging the hose-- though I doubt it!

When you get it all apart, check the cap housing for damage, replace any hoses you accidentally cut, and use new clamps, the worm-gear stainless kind we all know...

And that's about it!

Hope I helped!

P.S.
D-C must have started using this setup in 2000; I've seen it, but my '99 is set up the "old" way!

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5/29/2006
22:29:00

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Thanks Purple1. I need to replace the hoses, so it doesn't matter if I damage the hoses. I've never seen clamps like that before. Thanks for the help. Now I can get those things replaced!



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5/29/2006
22:56:57

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yeah they must have changed.... i dont recall seeing that type of setup.... i got 99 also and they must have changed for 2000



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3/12/2014
21:41:29

Top Rad Hose without cap
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I have a small leak in the upper radiator hose of my 2003 Dakota - v6 3.9.

The clerk at my auto parts store has two kinds: one that looks like the original with the cap in the middle ($49) and one that is solid from radiator to engine with no cap ($20).

Question: Can I use the solid one with no cap? I can fill my radiator from the reservoir cap at the front of the vehicle.



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3/20/2014
16:12:42

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Put the same one in that you take out. Do you understand!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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3/20/2014
21:43:42

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You need the cap. Spend a little more and get the right part.
$49 is not bad. I had to pay the stealership $65 two years ago
for one.



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3/26/2014
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Haha!! What a retard!



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9/15/2015
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01 crew cab dakota with 3.9l. Changing the same plastic
coupler with cap but im also replacing the radiator. I could put
the radiator with cap and solid upper hose from a 99 on my 01
couldnt I? I mean, as long as the system has a cap and no
leaks.......



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