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Old 08-04-2014, 01:51 PM
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Fuel/oil type hose in the cooling system

I recently had to replace the small tube with hose connections that goes over the radiator and seemingly into the throttle body warmer as it developed a crack and started leaking badly. As I was unable to find normal heater rubber hose I used some rubber fuel/oil line hose. Should I be worried and considering this a temporary fix?, I did travel 200+ miles with it this weekend and it all seems to be working just fine.
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Is it oil cooler hose or just fuel line like for a lawn mower?

Oil cooler hose is actually better than cooling system hose. Rated for higher pressure and it can take the relatively low temperature of coolant too. Relatively low compared to the temperature of most oil systems, that is.
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I wouldn't be I replaced that line on my 94 shortly after I bought the truck, the metal section running over radiator was questionable at best = more rust than metal.

I replaced the line with fuel line and its been there for many years now. I used good quality reinforced rubber fuel line and its still solid as the day I put it on there.
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I also used fuel line to replace this line and while it worked just fine it eventually became very hard. I was not able to find the proper cooling hose for it when I needed to do the original repair so this is why I used the fuel line. I have since replaced it with the proper cooling system hose and it has also worked well but is still flexible. If you can find the proper cooling system hose I would use it over the fuel line.
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I guess I'll keep it for a while then, it seems to work fine. Just wanted to make sure I wasn't doing something utterly stupid.
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