Answers to Commonly Discussed Dodge Coronet Radiator Hose Issues
You may have noticed that the most discussed problems in car forums and discussion boards are those with the radiator assembly. It seems like every bit in the radiator assembly can cause you problems; in fact, they can, even the radiator hose. If you type "radiator hose problems" on a search engine, you would get dozens of forums created for it. So to save you from the repetitive and, sometimes, wrong answers, here are the solutions to the common problems observed with your Dodge Coronet radiator hose.
Cracks and scratches
The easiest problem to notice is the steam coming from the assembly which is usually caused by a crack on the hose. Cracks or cuts can be caused by either the heat or the ozone-but mostly the heat. If the cracks are soft or the hose is somewhat mushy, then they are caused by the ozone. Avoiding all scientific explanations, we say that ozone is just a natural gas present in the environment but they are more evident in extremely air-polluted areas.
A minor scratch can also cause the hose to leak. Road debris, pebbles, and rocks may have hit the hose when you took it out for a drive; the hose may have also been rubbing against another part in the radiator assembly. These two cases can cause the scratches which, if left unattended, can lead to a bigger crack.
Another complaint by car owners is the bubbles or bulges on the hose. This is caused by the swelling of the hose due to oil from the engine, lubricants, or brake fluids. These chemicals make the hose soft and appear to have tar on it. The bubbles are normal things to see after some time; the recommended way to solve them is a replacement.
The worst thing that could happen with the hose is if it just fell apart or collapsed. Every time the engine revs up, the hose needs to be stable enough to support liquids and coolants. If the hose is too soft (caused by too much wear), it can collapse and get detached from the assembly. This isn't much of a problem with newer car generations but older generations relied on a spring to hold the hose in place. So if you have an older generation car, the spring is likely loose.