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Unread 01-18-2009, 05:52 PM   #1
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How to remove lower radiator hose 1999 XJ?

I need to replace my lower radiator hose. The hose still has the factory type hose clamp (the type that must be squeezed together to be removed). The darn tabbs that need squeezed together are pointing straight up so that I cannot get any of my pliers on the tabs so I can't get it off. Anyone have any suggestions on how to get it off? Is there a special tool for this, or am I literally hosed?

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Unread 01-18-2009, 05:55 PM   #2
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im not sure what youre describing but the tabs should be pointing up. is there not enough room to get pliers in there?
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Unread 01-18-2009, 05:55 PM   #3
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You need to buy a really big pair of channel locks.
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Unread 01-18-2009, 05:56 PM   #4
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Try taking out your airbox to give you more room to get some pliers on there.
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Unread 01-18-2009, 08:32 PM   #5
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if you replacing the hose get a new pair of clamps and cut the old one off.
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Unread 01-18-2009, 10:28 PM   #6
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i just cut mine off since i was replacing it anyways. with the hose cut as close to the radiator nozzle as possible, you can easily get some channel locks in there to get the clamp off. get one of the screw on clamps when you replace it, they work much better to get off the next time around..more time, but a screwdriver is smaller than pliers
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Unread 01-19-2009, 03:33 PM   #7
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Pull the other end off of the water pump...Rob
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Unread 01-20-2009, 06:53 AM   #8
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It is the end connected to the water pump that I can't get off. No matter how hard I try I cannot get my channel locks on the tabs to get the clamp off. The clamp is made of hardened steel so I can't cut it with any kind of cutters. I have never seen anything so darn poorly designed to work on. If I ever get the clamp off I will replace it with a normal type clamp and I will never have this problem again.
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Unread 01-20-2009, 07:36 AM   #9
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Poorly designed to work on? You havent worked on many vehicles have you?
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Unread 01-20-2009, 09:08 AM   #10
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I replaced the rad on my 2000 the summer of 2007, I thought the clamp on the bottom of the water pump was a little tough, but the channel locks saved the day, keep working at it. I thought disconnecting the automatic transmission line from the radiator was the long pole in the tent for that job.

My Pontiac Montana minivan was much worse than the Jeep for hose replacement, had to remove the coolant overflow tank and the computer to get to the upper radiator hose clamp, talk about a pain. And to get the lower radiator hose clamp back on...wow!! Just the change the air filter in this thing, good grief, and the engine has to be rotated forward to get to the back three spark plugs or to change the alternator...don't get me started.

Each vehicle has their weak spot for ease of maintenance, for instance the radiator drain **** on the Cherokee radiator, but you just have to keep plugging away and figure out what works best. If you can't get it one way, try another angle or different tool. Once you get it down it will be a lot easier the second time.
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Unread 01-20-2009, 05:24 PM   #11
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Well then just cut it with a razor longways and pull it off
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Unread 01-20-2009, 06:42 PM   #12
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i like the factory clamps, they're very simple, and clean, they are kind of a pain to take off and put on (the larger ones, like the ones for the upper and lower radiator hoses) but the smaller factory clamps are a real breeze to take off and put on, just squeeze em with a big pair of channel locks and they're open. unlike those screw on clamps! those i hate, cause if they're facing in a direction where you can fit a screwdriver, you're fudged
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Unread 01-21-2009, 05:32 PM   #13
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Sorry I missed the true prob here. They do make a tool for your prob. Sk makes a set of pilers that are on a "speedo like cable" and theres a end that clips on and removes the clamp. Maybe you can hit up a local shop for a small fee Im sure they might let you use it for a few mins...Rob

Something like this: http://www.sjdiscounttools.com/sk90245.html

Or this: http://www.sjdiscounttools.com/lis17100.html
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Unread 01-22-2009, 07:30 PM   #14
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OK I revisted the hose problem tonight and I have found the solution. All I need to do is cut the hose off first with a razor or knife and that will give me room to use my channel locks to remove the clamp. I will do that as soon as it is warm enough to work outside as I want to drain the coolant outside. Thanks for all the suggestions but I am confident that I can do this job now with little trouble.
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Unread 01-22-2009, 07:33 PM   #15
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man it took you 4 days to figure that out? no offense
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