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Upper radiator hose not seating fully to radiator flange

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t3yf5g
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Upper radiator hose not seating fully to radiator flange

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Lurked around for a while but now I need some input.

I have had a slow coolant leak on my 2001 S80 T6 for a good while now and have just topped off the reservoir as I need too. It sprays out the bottom half of the flange slipping past the hose. Last evening I discovered I can't milk it any longer due to not getting any heat out of the vents in the cabin.

I took the hose off and found some silicone in the hose. Seems like the previous owner (used car dealer) tried to seal it up but obviously failed. I felt around the flange to see if I could locate a crack but nothing (might need to grab and endoscope though) from what I could feel.

I got the new hose on and noticed like the last hose, the top bottoms out before the bottom of the hose can get fully seated. Doesn't leave really much room for the clamp when tightening. Furthermore, the hose gets bent upwards slightly beyond the molded curve giving it a kink. I want to cut an angle off the hose at the flange end to see if I can seat it fully but I shouldn't have to, right?

I have the right hose and matches the previous one. Not Volvo branded though. Is there something the aftermarket brands are lacking with these hoses?
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Re: Upper radiator hose not seating fully to radiator flange

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Could it be an aftermarket radiator? I don't see many options, the coolant system is pressurized so it will leak if not properly sealed. Maybe try to find a nylon piece of pipe to fit tight and glue it with some epoxy to the radiator to make a 1-2 in extension.
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Re: Upper radiator hose not seating fully to radiator flange

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I had this same issue with my XC90. The dealer installed the hose and all other relevant parts were new so I never thought to check their work. I had a slow leak for a number of years and tens of thousands of miles. Every 3-5 months I would have to top off the bottle with a few ounces. I figured it must be dumping the coolant as part of its normal operation as nothing was apparent.

While doing the PCV system I found the culprit.

I don't recall my work around, but the trick was to seat the hose fully and make sure the hose clamp stays straight. I think I went through the removed headlight - you need to position the clamp properly on the hose, not what you visually see. Just push the hose in until it stops and keep it there. Maybe release the other end, tightening it last. As my hose had the compression mark this was a good reference that made it easier to see how the hose needed to be aligned. I suppose you could dry install the hose clamp where you think it should fit then mark the outside all the way around the clamp with a sharpie or masking tape. Using this as a guide install the hose, make sure the clamp is as it should be and tighten it up.
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Re: Upper radiator hose not seating fully to radiator flange

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Thanks for the photo SuperHerman. I can see your clamp marks where similar with my previous hose but I am quite sure the clamp wasn't past the lip on the flange.

Taking out the headlight cap could get me some more visual room. I could also get a heat gun on the hose and see if I can push it in some more.

Plus you mentioning the PCV system is my next issue to solve my oil leak. The amount of money I have spent on oil and coolant in the last 2 years.... Course since I don't have freezing temperatures other than few days in winter, I have been topping off with water. Too bad I can't pour in my used cooking oil as well :/
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