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Rad hose clamps

Discussion in '2.5 Gen Tundras (2014-2021)' started by TRXTER, Feb 23, 2023.

  1. Feb 23, 2023 at 6:36 PM
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    TRXTER

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    Just looking for some advice / opinion on some Rad hose clamps. I want to change my current clamps (factory constant pressure style - 8 yrs old) as I noticed a tiny seep of Rad fluid around the hose end. I do not really feel like draining Rad and popping the hoses off to put the same style of clamp on. Has anyone tried the T-bolt style clamp for Rad hoses, they look like they would be stronger and more durable than a $2 gear hose clamp. Thanks for any input !

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  2. Feb 23, 2023 at 6:50 PM
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    Is your coolant also 8 years old?
     
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  3. Feb 23, 2023 at 7:06 PM
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    No no, this coolant is only 1 yr old, I guess I should have changed them when I last did the coolant but for a couple of reasons it didn't happen. Just wondering if there any decent clamp recommendations without pulling the hoses off and draining down the system. Thanks
     
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  4. Feb 23, 2023 at 7:12 PM
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    Gutcha! Was going to suggest doing it all at the same time.
     
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    Ya, hind sight 20/20. If I was going to change coolant this year, no brainer on the clamps I would just do the factory ones again and toss on new hoses as well for good measure. I like the t bolt style
    Clamps but I have read that they may not do as good of a job as the factory ones.
     
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    Which hose end? I went down this rabbit hole and in the end bought new OEM clamps as the others always seeped/leaked. Buy this pair of pliers https://www.amazon.com/Flexible-Clamp-Pliers-Locking-Water/dp/B07C3LYZM7?crid=3DDS7SA38YQSX&keywords=radiator+clamp+pliers&qid=1677272069&sprefix=radiator+clamp+plier%2Caps%2C175&sr=8-7, a new hose oem and new oem clamps. Trust me, you are not saving any time shortcutting this.
     
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    Okay thanks for the advice On going with new factory clamps and hose, I do appreciate it.
     
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  8. Mar 27, 2023 at 1:32 PM
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    I used one of the clamps you have pictured. My factory clamp on my 2021 was allowing the top radiator hose to leak on the engine side. So far this one hasn't leaked.
     
  9. Mar 28, 2023 at 5:03 AM
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    Thanks for letting me know this style had worked for you. I still haven't changed them out yet, I actually was going to go to a local hydraulic hose shop and see what they have to offer as well. I appreciate your response. Cheers !!!
     
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    Well, my factory one was new and leaking. So they don't all have the correct force. At least with these you can adjust the force.
     
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    I got one of these tools for working on Hondas and while it sits in the box taking up space most the time it's invaluable when you need it.
     
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    How many miles? Original hose also?
     
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    I bought the truck new in 21 and it only had a few miles on it. Drove probably 300 miles before I was going to install a spin on filter system and posted pictures here and someone commented that it looked like I had a radiator leak. Sure enough the top engine side was leaking. I tried to reseat the clamp and that didn't work either.

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    New clamp that I used. Haven't had any issues since.

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    That is strange. Could have been poorly made clamp, hose or both. Was it out of warranty already also?
     
  17. Mar 28, 2023 at 9:58 AM
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    Yeah, who knows. Maybe Covid part. It was under warranty since it was new and only had 300 miles on it but I work from home and it would be cheaper to replace the clamp myself than drive to the dealer and back burning gas.
     

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