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Old 01-02-2013, 05:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Fan shroud fin cutting into botton of rad hose 2.0L

Thanks to Leppyxr2 for the fine and post.
Please check underside of your top rad hose.
Only by feel for a cut. Due to rubbing of
ctn shroud fin.

Mine is cut so deep it needs replace.
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On the post below pics of the cut on pg2.


Radiator hose rubbing
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14,000 miles - 5 years, mine is starting wearing thru...

Cut off plastic fin last eve






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I had the same issue, but didn't want to cut the rad shroud. I tried slitting a piece of fuel hose to go over the fin, but it wouldn't stay in place, so I just used a long tie-wrap and cinched up the hose away from the shroud.

First photo shows where the issue is... see green arrow. Second show the hose cinched up with a tie-wrap around the airbox clip.
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I like this fix rather than cutting off a fin.
I checked my '08 Redline. Hose is not over the shroud. It's in mid air between the shroud and engine, so no problem. They must have found the problem and corrected it.
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I do like the idea of removing the fin but cant help but wonder if it will be enough
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Anybody look at the solstice yet
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Anybody look at the solstice yet
Three posts up ^^^
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I like the tie-wrap too Soup – but in time, my guess is it may wear thru the hose?
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Three posts up ^^^
Guess i shold pay attention feeln kinda stupid
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I like the tie-wrap too Soup but in time, my guess is it may wear thru the hose?
Possible I guess, but it's not bouncing against the tie (as it was the shroud) and the 'touch' area is far more distributed. I think it'll be fine.
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I have an early '08 (built in July '07) and mine is good. Close, but no wear.
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I have an early '08 (built in July '07) and mine is good. Close, but no wear.

Good to hear Bogie - I'd still cut the fin as the Hose may sag & touch over Time & with Temperature – just to be sure of good clearance.

Sideline – You see what these hoses cost??? I’m getting anywhere between $51.32 to $73.43 – for an upper radiator hose???? Whatever became of the $10 hose??? Then again, they do seem to last a long time (long as they’re not rubbing against anything)

Also noticed on LLLfly’s link to our brothers & sisters on the Solstice Forum that it looks like it all depends on “How” the factory installed the hose – for its specifically labeled to have a “TOP UP” position / alignment… but instead, may have been installed incorrectly constituting a “sag” and the tendency to rest on the Shroud Fin???


From "typhoon" on the Solstice Forum:
I can see how it would cut it if the hose was installed by the hose markings at the factory. To fix this slightly squeeze the clamps at the ends of the hose. Twist it slightly clockwise at the engine and again at the radiator. You will see a line printed on the hose to the radiator where it should line up and you want it slightly to the right of this. This will cause the hose to float up and it will be impossible for the hose to touch the radiator shroud rib.
The factory must have known about this because my radiator hose was clocked slightly clockwise.


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I checked mine (early '07) last night and was surprised that there was no problem at all. The hose runs parallel to, but slightly to the rear of the fan shroud. No detectable damage to the underside of the hose.
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Go back and check it again.
I missed it also.
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How about that - there *is* a tiny divot in the hose just at the right point.
When I first checked it I thought it was a bit of grit, but it's an 'innie' not an 'outie'. Not really all that bad considering the 80k+ on the clock...
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