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Hose leak by ac compressor

Discussion in 'ZX2 1998-2004 2.0L DOHC' started by austinbarclay, Jan 16, 2020.

  1. austinbarclay

    austinbarclay FEOA Member

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    I have a 2002 ford escort zx2 just bought it and about 133k miles. There’s a leak coming from a rubber hose that goes into a crimped hose by the ac compressor on the serpentine belt. I have found very little information on it some people say it’s a normal heater hose and some people say it’s a line for the transmission cooling. I just want to be sure before I replace the hose I know what is going to come out of it so I’m not a sitting duck with no transmission fluid. Any information helps thank you!
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    Swift FEOA Donator

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    Any chance to get a pic?
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    austinbarclay FEOA Member

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    I might be able to get One real quick it’s easier to see jacked and the tire removed
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    austinbarclay FEOA Member

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    Here’s a picture of it

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    austinbarclay FEOA Member

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    And the hose comes from the radiator right above the lower radiator hose from the passenger side
  6. denisond3

    denisond3 Moderator Staff Member

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    I dont have a 3rd gen nor a DOHC Escort, so am just making a wild guess.

    On my 2nd gen Escorts, the fittings for the transmission fluid going into/outof the radiator side tank are banjo bolts, and the join where the rubber hose turns into a metal tube would have a swaged ferrule, not a screwed hose clamp as shown in your photo.
    A common reason to have a hose going to the side tank of the radiator would be a return line from the heater; thus it would have coolant in it.

    I dont like to have old coolant carrying hoses on my Escorts. Since I got each of mine when they were far older than ten years, an early maintenance job was to replace all underhood hoses carrying coolant.
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    austinbarclay FEOA Member

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    thank you
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    austinbarclay FEOA Member

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    This is an update and slightly solved reply to my post
    the heater hose in question and pictures is in fact a heater hose for the heat in the cabin. Today I finally took it off to drain whatever fluid came out and antifreeze came out however I have not fixed it I ordered a heater hose I believe to be the right part tomorrow or Monday I will pick it up and see and confirm but to stop the leak I have a straight heater hose from line to line however it is kinked so no heater right now
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    Glad to hear the feedback about your problem.
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    Yes , that picture is in fact a line that goes to the heater.
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