Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Ontario, Canada
Re: 94 Crown Victoria Coolant Leak
Hello Bajarider, I had many thoughts about removing the intake manifold, as I have a spare 4.6 engine in the back yard, which I am striping down. I decided against it mainly because my 97 Explorer needs much work and I will need the CV on the road this week.
I removed the alternator, took a small 4 inch knife and cut the hose, which is where the leak was, there was a hole in it which I could almost fit my baby finger in!! Took a small vise gripe on the clamp to keep it open, cut along the hose to the clamp and then a long screwdriver to ease the piece of hose off. Recommend using a thin glove to prevent scrapes on the back of your hand. Learned this one the hard way, some nasty edges.
I then took the 5/8 inch heater hose and made a "U" shape, inserted it and put it on the pipe from the water pump. Used a new clamp, and that part was done. I did this because no matter how I tried to fish it through, as some have done, it just wouldn't go.
There is plenty of space to route this beside the alternator, vibration will not be an issue. To the rear, cut off the old hose at the pipe and then where it bends. Took a piece of 5/8 pipe and connected the two heater hoses together. Filled the antifreeze up and thankfully no leaks!! Car runs great and has some heat again! Left the old metal pipe in there, should not create any problems. Anyway, thanks everyone for the help, and will see about some photos for this repair and my 94 CV. A friend who takes care of his vehicles sold me this sweetheart for 500.00!
Cheers, and have a great weekend.