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Heater hose special tool?

Discussion in 'Chevy Silverado Forum (GMC Sierra)' started by skjl47, Jul 19, 2013.

  1. skjl47

    skjl47 New Member

    Hello; I have a 2004 silverado 1500. I purchased newradiator hoses and heater hoses to replace he old original hoses at the next antifreeze change. Upon looking at the heater hose setup I noted a connection for one of the heater hoses that I am not familiar with. It is on the firewall and one of the heater hoses is connected (to the heater?) by it. I suppose some sort of special tool is required or perhaps knowing the trick. Maybe a special tool and knowing a trick is required? The other hoses appear to have the simple steel spring clamps.

    If this information helps, the hose in question appears to be the one that has a Y connection with a larger hose that goes to the coolant reservoir. This will be my first time replacing all the hoses on the 04 silverado. Even thou it has less than 36,000 miles on it, I feel that ten years may be pushing the safe limit with regard to time. Any pointers on this procedure will be appreciated.
  2. j cat

    j cat Active Member 1000 Posts

    I have the original hoses 13 years and 145,OOO miles. those connectors are tricky.
  3. skjl47

    skjl47 New Member

    Hello; I have been doing some checking on my own question. So far little luck. I found a you tube link that addresses what seems to be a similar sort sort of issue after the part breaks. There is mention of an $80 tool. I will include the link.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuQwkUEpTWM
  4. skjl47

    skjl47 New Member

    Hello; I found this video. Here is the link.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HEJZTDLIOM

    Mine is not broken as yet. I need the tool .

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    Hello; Here is a link to a tool. Anyone think this is what I need?


    http://www.toughnutz.com/heater_hose.mgi


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    Hello; I took photos of the heater hoses as they are currently found. The connection I initially had the question about is on the left. The hose connection to the right has a metal spring clamp but also appears to be attached to a plastic fitting at the firewall.

    The hose on the left is the one in question so far.

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