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Old 05-06-2012, 08:06 AM
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Upper radiator inlet flange, broke off!!! UPDATE!!!

The upper radiator inlet flange broke off right where it flares out. There is still about 1.25 inches left to attach the radiator hose. I put two hose clamps to hold the hose on but didn't know if that would be enough under pressure. There were no cracks in the inlet as it seemed to have split just around the flange. Is there any other way to secure the hose? Thanks for the input.
 
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Old 05-06-2012, 08:11 AM
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I would try and figure out what made it break there. If just the flared ring on the end broke off, then hose clamps will work keeping the hose on. If there is a defect or something is causing this corrosion or damage, then I would worry it's only a matter of time before the rest of the tube comes off or cracks also.
 
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Old 05-06-2012, 08:16 AM
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Thanks for the reply Chris, when you say corrosion the upper inlet on my radiator is plastic. Is the OEM metal or plastic?
 
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personally, i couldn't drive around comfortably, knowing my radiator was living off a lifeline...check out craigslist or ebay for another one, bud...
 
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I have to agree as much as it might suck. That ring is pretty much what keep the hose on the fitting. You may be able to get the hose to stay on good and seem alright but some day the hose may just blow off and there you will be, sitting on the side of the road.
 
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Old 05-06-2012, 11:08 AM
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I guess I'll go ahead and bit the bullet and order a new one. Are there any brands that you can recommend? Thanks
 
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Go to a radiator shop and ask for a repair quote. The ends (plastic) parts are replaceable.
 
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I guess I need to pay more attention. I was thinking the ends were metal or aluminum. And I just changed the upper hose on one a couple of weeks ago.
 
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I would go with an OEM one personally and is what I just bought. The part number for the 99 - 03 7.3L radiator is 4C3Z8005EB. It is also used for the 6.8L Gas in other years and the excursion.
You can find them cheaper online but I bought mine locally for $320.
I spoke with a guy at Tousley ford and he said that a lot of them get damaged in shipping since Fords boxing is pretty weak. (It is) He didn't recommend me buying it from them for that reason.

As said already, I wouldn't run it without the lip on it. That is what keeps the hose from sliding off. It may hold but it might not and who knows where you'll be if it did come off.
 
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So the OEM replacemnet has the plastic inlets? Why would all aluminum be a bad thing??
 
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Cheaper!!!!


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Cheaper!!!!


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Those all aluminum from the link that was posted for e bay where under $200.

Edit... better yet $140 free shipping unless this is the wrong one for our 7.3's http://www.ebay.com/itm/3-Row-w-o-EO...ht_4562wt_1396
 
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Well I punched in 99 f250 lariat and it said it was a no go so maybe not.
 

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