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How to Tighten or Replace Coolant Hoses in a Dodge Ram

    • 1). Ensure the truck has cooled for a full hour after driving and remove the radiator cap. Some models of the Dodge Ram have a shroud covering the radiator, remove it by loosening three screws across the front of the front of the panel.

    • 2). Place a bucket or catch can under the radiator drain plug and release enough coolant from the system to ensure it won't leak from the hose when removed. Loosen the clamps with a pair of pliers or a nut driver and slide them to the middle of the hose.

    • 3). Pull the ends of the hose free of the fitting by twisting back and forth. Cut difficult hoses with a knife and peel the hose off the fitting.

    • 4). Lubricate the new hose ends with clean coolant and place the clamps over the hose. Push the hose over the ends of the nipple. If the one end is difficult to get on, turn the hose around, as each end may be a slightly different internal diameter.

    • 5). Clamp the hose by tightening with a nut driver or close a spring clamp with pliers. Fill the radiator with coolant, replace the radiator cap and shroud. Turn the Dodge Ram on and add coolant if needed.

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