Gimmie some tip on lower rad hose replacement.

Discussion in '2nd Gen 1991-1996 1.9L SOHC' started by Not THAT kind of 'escort', Mar 18, 2017.

  1. Not THAT kind of 'escort'

    Not THAT kind of 'escort' FEOA Donator

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    I remember looking at it on my 95 and saying "screw that, I'll have him do it when I get clutch and timing job".

    I also remember needing to tear half the motor apart to do the lower hose on an 88 Tracer (323).

    I'm planning to do radiator, hoses and serpentine belt on my 1992 5spd.

    Any recommendations on radiators? Current factor plastic sided one is leaking....from the PLASTIC....after return from stolen.
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    cwol97401 FEOA Member

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    The lower hose is a bitch to get to but not impossible. It might be easier with a helper. When I did mine, I had the PS pump and ac compressor removed. It was easy that way. On another one, I removed the alternator and put the hose on blind. There is space to see the water pump outlet behind the accessory bracket with the alternator out. Put a helper under the car to feed the hose to you as you guide it into place. Good luck.

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    denisond3 Moderator Staff Member

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    If you have the serp. belt tensioner removed, it gives you a decent view of where the hose fits on the water pump. This helps with getting a clamp on there, and installed fully and square. Having the hose warmed up in hot water might also help.
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    thx, I guess if I'm doing the snake belt I might as well do the tension-er.
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    Radiator hoses can go bad on these cars???
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    If I remember right (which is asking a lot... this would have been in 2008) when I did it on our 93, I just took the timing belt cover off, jimmied the clamp down the hose, and used a big pry bar to push it off of the water pump. I usually put a little grease inside the new hoses to help them slide on so I'm sure I just greased it up and stuffed it back on the pump from the radiator side. I'm pretty sure I didn't take any accessories off to do it. The '95 Pony I replaced when I did the water pump and timing belt so that was a no brainer process.

    As far as radiator, I put an Advanced Auto cheapie in the Pony about 18 months ago and I don't have any complaints. I think it's been in there for about 25,000 miles now. With their online promotions at the time I think I paid $52 for it, out the door, with a lifetime warranty. It doesn't leak, fits great, and the car doesn't get hot. Not much more to ask out of it than that. I think at that price it even has a trans cooler in it.
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    I could eyeball the spring clamps, so not as bad as my 1988 323/tracer
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    Escort lower rad hose (Small).JPG This hose?
    Easy Peasy!
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    zzyzzx FEOA Member

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    What car is that???
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    It's the red one in the avatard. The previous owner is a friend and had me delete the power steering and air conditioning, so I then made a simple bracket to hold the alternator down low. It tidies things up quite a bit!

    1992 LX wagon.
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    It's the bracket that threw me off! How did you do that?
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    The bracket was made during several lunch breaks and after work at the machine shop I worked at then. I also made an adapter to put the power steering pulley on the alternator, slowing it down by half, I'd guess.
    It's hard to tell from the picture, but the aluminum is blistering up a bit in places. It was made from a weird alloy piece of scrap.

    It's important to retain the splash shield under the car with the alternator down there.

    The whole thing bolts onto existing 10mm threaded holes on the block, so it's pretty stout. Maybe someday I'll do a tech article about it.
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    Do you tighten the serpentine belt by pivoting the alternator?

    My job in college was where I had after-work access to a machine shop. The good old days!
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    Yes, the alternator pivots and I made a curved, slotted bracket to hold it like on older cars. The belt is one I picked up at the junkyard but it was a little bit too short - I finally got the right one (I think) in my last Rockauto order, to install the whole deal properly.

    I had thought originally to claim that the setup was a Canada only Escort Pony stock installation, but darn it, I missed the April 1st deadline.
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    nice but looks like alt pulley is a bit off-plane
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    You're right, it does look misaligned. I checked the car, and it seems to be pretty straight, so maybe it's an artifact of the camera.
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    cklaubur Former Escort Owner

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    Last time I messed with that hose on my '97, I was in the middle of an engine swap, so that changes things a bit. I think its a bit easier if you connect the water pump side first, then connect it to the radiator.

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