Radiator Assembly Removal difficulty


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markdx
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Radiator Assembly Removal difficulty

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Hi,
I am in the process of removing the radiator assembly from my 1981 Interstate. I have loosened the top and bottom radiator hoses. I am having extreme difficulty removing the hoses from the engine side. The clasps are complete loose, but the rubber is so tight on the metal that it seems like the only way to remove them is to cut them. I do not want to cut them, as they are in good shape. Does anyone have any ideas?

Mark


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Re: Radiator Assembly Removal difficulty

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When I did my 1100, I just went ahead and cut them off, as you can get a set of new ones (actually made from one Napa hose cut in half, see the Reference section for info) for around $15. Cheap insurance.

That said, when I am faced with this problem I will take a pointy tool with a blunt point on the end and a hook end and work it in between the hose and the engine. Then push it around the circumference of the hose, breaking the heat weld between the hose and the engine. Something along these lines:





https://www.amazon.com/Wilde-Tool-544-Z ... 782&sr=8-4
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Re: Radiator Assembly Removal difficulty

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On the bottom hose I always just unbolt the connector and leave the hose attached.
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or,

you could paint them with diesel, or kerosene, or xylene and wait for a while,

the rubber gets soft
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Re: Radiator Assembly Removal difficulty

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Or heat gun to heat them up a bit..will loosen them too..
HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
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Re: Radiator Assembly Removal difficulty

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Thanks everyone for your replies. These are all very helpful. I appreciate it.

Mark


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