Joined: Oct 2011
Location: Peoria, Arizona
replacing all coolant hoses
My '08 has about 125K on the clock, and a while back the little elbow hose coming off the top of the thermostat housing split open in the middle of nowhere, AZ.
Lucky I had a pair of pliers and a swiss army knife and was able to cut a heater hose, bypass the heater and use a chunk of the hose to replace the elbow. I had replaced the plastic therm housing with an aluminum one a few years ago, so at least that didn't split open again.
So I decided to replace all the rubber coolant hoses. Good lord, those heater hoses have plastic connectors up against the firewall under the top body and are almost impossible to get to. Spent over an hour fighting them. Got the bottom one off with my fingers but had to cut the top one off with a dremel tool. Had to lay on the engine and bruised my belly. I guess engineers only think about putting them together, not how hard it will be to get it back off. Also changing out the water pump while I'm at it.