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Old 01-28-2011, 06:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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lower radiator hose issues!

somehow my steering stabilizer bar wore a hole in my lower rad hose on my 97 7.3 so i went to ford and they told me NO JOKE buy a new truck! we dont stock it its to old! am i missing something? i could have sworn there is MILLIONS of 7.3l psds out there! and i am sure thats not true! also since i was driving it that way with a pinhole leak i made it home with about 2 gallons left am i ok? or in deep doo doo? its about 50 outside here and it slowly drained out in the bucket i had but since i am putting new in any suggestions while its all out? as far as sca's etc? im wondering if the clunk i am hearing in bumps is a weak shock that made it closer to the hose then normal?

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also what is the easiest way to replace the shocks on this truck? i cant seem to find a wrench thin enough to fit under the tower?
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First off I would find another dealer. TousleyFordparts list one for your truck but it doesn't have a part number. Also NAPA, AutoZone, O'Rileys, or just about any other auto parts store should be able to take care of you. You can send a PM to Mike R. at TousleyParts who is a member and a sponsor here on the site and he might be able to help you.

As for the shocks I'm guessing that your truck is a 2 wheel drive since I replaced all of mine on a 4x4 in 30 minutes with a 18mm wrench and socket.
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More likely than a weak shock, would be tired springs. Shocks control spring movement speed, especially on the rebound, they don't actually hold the truck up - springs do. Don't worry, it's a common misperception - somehow people grasp that the springs hold the vehicle up when its not moving, but then think the shock does when the vehicle is moving.

The SCA's should be 2-3 units/gal when you're all filled up.
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somehow my steering stabilizer bar wore a hole in my lower rad hose on my 97 7.3 so i went to ford and they told me NO JOKE buy a new truck! we dont stock it its to old! am i missing something? i could have sworn there is MILLIONS of 7.3l psds out there! and i am sure thats not true! also since i was driving it that way with a pinhole leak i made it home with about 2 gallons left am i ok? or in deep doo doo? its about 50 outside here and it slowly drained out in the bucket i had but since i am putting new in any suggestions while its all out? as far as sca's etc? im wondering if the clunk i am hearing in bumps is a weak shock that made it closer to the hose then normal?

Hard to believe an employee of a Ford dealer would actually say that. But stranger things have happened. I hate to think what i would have done. Probably jail time would have been involved.

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i agree

unfortunatly this for employee did and this dealer has cost me money a good few times like removing an entire engine for a rear main when a transmission would have worked and been more cost effective(thanks to learning that AFTERwards when i purchased All Data) and they also tried to say that for a recall only parts are covered for a cps (which the ford letter CLEARED me on )
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What a drag. I'd be on a letter writing campaign. I very rarely visit a dealer for parts. But when I do I call before hand to see if my guy is there and only talk to him. There is one guy I call Vin. No clue what is real name is. He won't even talk about a part without your VIN number.
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unfortunatly this for employee did and this dealer has cost me money a good few times like removing an entire engine for a rear main when a transmission would have worked and been more cost effective(thanks to learning that AFTERwards when i purchased All Data) and they also tried to say that for a recall only parts are covered for a cps (which the ford letter CLEARED me on )

no offense, but it sounds like they can see you coming from a mile away.
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