Lower hose clamps

Tiny
AL GILMER
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  • 1991 HONDA CIVIC
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • MANUAL
  • 100,000 MILES
A mechanic replaced my water pump cause it was leaking and replaced the timing belt, but its still leaking at the bottom, is it possible the lower hose clamps that are loose is causing the leak?
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Friday, December 31st, 2010 AT 4:03 PM

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Tiny
KHLOW2008
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Where is the leak coming from? If it is at water pump area, there are no clamps but at rear of water pump housing on engine block is a watter passage pipe from the thermostat housing. Check that O-rings and pipe for leaks.
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Sunday, January 2nd, 2011 AT 5:46 AM
Tiny
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The leak is coming right underneath the front bumper, took it to pep boys and they said there is a lower hose clamp that needs to be tighten under the radiator, what im tryin to find out if its ok to drive till I get it fixed?
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Monday, January 3rd, 2011 AT 1:03 PM
Tiny
KHLOW2008
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Honda OEM hoses uses spring clamps and if it had been replaced with non OEM it would most likely be the screw clamp which would start to leak over time.

You have to be careful if you wish to continue driving the vehicle as excessive coolant losse can result in overheating which could damage the engine.

Repairing the leak shoud be a simple job.
Drain coolant.
Jack up vehicle.
From bottom of vehicle you can remove the clamp easily.
Remove the splash shield.
If the hose is in good condition, applying some RTV sealant and retightening the clamp should work.
If OEM spring clamp, it would be easier.
Use plier to release tension on clamp and push clamp away from joint.
Twist hose off and apply sealant.
Push hose back and reinstall clamp.
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Monday, January 3rd, 2011 AT 3:16 PM
Tiny
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Thanks alot
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Tuesday, January 4th, 2011 AT 1:01 PM
Tiny
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You're welcome.

Have a nice day.
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Tuesday, January 4th, 2011 AT 3:08 PM

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