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Question DetailsAsked on 7/5/2016

home auto repair mechanic zip code 10923

The hose from the coolant reservoir has disconnected.

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Answered 4 years ago by Member Services


Auto Repair would be your Search the List category - unfortunately, there is no separate listing for mobile mechanics.

Commonly this is just a push-on connection where you press the hose onto a "barb" - ridged stem sticking out - then tighten gently with a hose clamp (screw band or spring type) to hold it on - there is no pressure in this hose (passes into open-vented reservoir so only a few inches of liquid pressure on it) so a quite minor clamp pressure is all it takes - especially on the usually plastic tank.

If the hose clamp has been lost (not slipped down the hose or hanging on the barb), if the hose presses on so it will stick on, you could probably safely drive to the nearest box or auto supply store (not more than maybe 5 miles or so) to buy replacement clamp to put on - takes either a pair of pliers or a regular screwdriver depending on clamp type, and I suspect if you needed help the store staff would probably help you put the clamp on - VERY simple assuming accessible.

The reason I say 5 miles or less is you may be low on coolant if the engine pushed coolant out of the opening/tube when it heated up.

And of course refill the reservoir to the correct level depending on engine temp with correct type of coolant and correct water/coolant mix percentage (commonly half and half). If the hot engine pushed coolant out so it is low on coolant, you may need to top it off through the filler cap on the large coolant hose (only open when engine is cool) before any substantive distance of driving to prevent overheating - because the reservoir coolant only gets pulled into the system when the engine cools down, not when hot.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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