I have been smelling coolant for a long time.1998 Suburban 2wd 5.7 1/2 ton 216,400 miles 1.5 years ago I paid and ham handed power tool equipped "mechanic" to strip my harmonic balancer bolt, my oil pan drain bolt,several oil pan bolts. and who knows what else. Oh he was supposed to be changing out the intake manifold gaskets -and they were leaking-I don't think they are leaking much now, but I'm dreading ever going back over that to see what else he stripped(idiots should be allowed around electric wrenches!!) Well I checked my coolant-I had been using a little- maybe 8 ounces 3 months- Today it seemed to be smelling more-so I checked it- 1.5 GALLONS LOW!! Looked around-and I found coolant dripping very rapidly from this hose- it seems to be leaking right where the hose bulges out into this bigger hose-there appears to be some sort of metal clamp(not a hose clamp- more some sort of crimp thing) It seems to be just past a plastic manifold(where 2-3 hoses come together) My question-just what is this hose- heater hose I'm guessing? Can I just clamp off both hoses? Or can I just stick one hose into the other- bypassing the heater?? It would be easier and cheaper to just clamp both hoses-I don't need a heater in South Louisiana I am broke, what do you think is the cheapest easiest way to just bypass everything for now. I haven't gotten under the truck yet to get a really good look. Here is a picture of where it is dripping-where the hose sorta bulges out- it is the hose dead in the middle- second from the bottom-the one that enlarges for some damn reason What is the simplest cheapest way to get it running quickly-forget the heater for now Thanks Charlie PS it didn't overheat-guess most of the leaking happened after I parked it.