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Hey guys quick question. I have decided to change the upper radiator hose, but I was thinking about changing the lower also. The lower is 21.00 bucks thou!!! Whats your advice? The upper is really soft and kind of big where it connects to radiator.

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Hey guys quick question. I have decided to change the upper radiator hose, but I was thinking about changing the lower also. The lower is 21.00 bucks thou!!! Whats your advice? The upper is really soft and kind of big where it connects to radiator.

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21.00 is not a lot for a custom hose chage them both.
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Change both. If the top one is soft and bulging the lower is looking the same way. $21.00 beats a $100.00 tow bill and possible blown motor from overheating any day of the week.
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Check out Rockauto.com You can get both upper and lower Gates for around $31 shipped to your door. Use the following and receive a 5% discount off entire order.
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i tot rubber hose is soft and only need change if its harden and crack?
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The hose could either be very soft with bulging areas or hard/cracked. The hose should be firm but pliable in the hand. It should not visibly swell when the fluid inside is at operating temperature. Often a bad soft hose has very soft spots along it's body. Most certainly does not feel like a new hose. Hoses should last upwards of 80K+ miles. Personally I have not changed a hose in my past 4 vehicles. All went over 100K miles and beyond.
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I went ahead and changed both hoses. I guess just preventative maint. Thanks guys I also flushed my radiator while I was at it.
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