Thursday, March 31, 2016

The heater hose and coolant

are changed.  Only bad part was getting the old hose to turn loose of the nipples so I could get it off.

Yes, I know, shut up.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Had to change the heater hose on a Firebird once. Could NOT figure out how to get them off the heater core as they disappeared between the top of the fender and the firewall, and were not to be seen. Called the dealership. Turns out there was a half-moon indentation on the back of the wheel well. Factory standard instructions were to use a sheet metal ripper to slice around the circumference, and fold it down in order to expose the nipples, loosen the hose clamps, remove the old hoses and snake in and clamp on new ones. Once that was done, fold the flap back up and seal it w/body putty...

The car's owner was not pleased.

Phil said...

Mid 60's Chevy pickups you had to take the passenger side fender off to get to them. Idiots.

John said...

Nissan Altima. Oil filter requires removed the right side tire, and then a plastic access panel.

Firehand said...

I remember back in high school, someone had bought a Chevy compact with the optional small-block V8, and found that when spark plugs needed changing the motor mounts had to be loosened and the engine jacked up a bit to reach the rearmost two.

I once stated 'Anyone who designs motor vehicles should be made to work on them before the design can be finalized; anything that involves them cursing, swearing and/or bleeding to reach commonly-serviced stuff would have to be changed.' I still think it's a good idea.

Terrapod said...

Just put a new lower suspension bushing on a PT Cruiser, only way to reach the bolt that would not come loose was to cut a 2-3/4 inch hole in the floor pan towards the front to get to it, then place a hole plug in and silicon seal it after repair done. Utterly stupid design both of the cage nut on a bolt that can spin easily and the floor pan with no ready access. Engineers cut corners when it comes to saving a few pennies on the material or machining cost. Human nature rarely changes.