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Old 03-11-2009, 06:12 PM
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Hi, new here. Don't know much about cars, but it would appear that my 1994 Toyota Camry has a leak (the area circled in red with a close up below it). It's getting mighty steamy. The area was just squirting liquid the first time I lifted the hood. Later, it looked like the liquid had solidified (thought they were wires at first). Anybody know what's going on and what it will take/cost to fix?
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Old 03-12-2009, 10:48 AM
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From what I can see it look like you need to replace that radiator hose.
Old 03-12-2009, 11:17 AM
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With engine cold use your hand to check the hoses in the area for coolant.

Buried under the cylinder head outlet flange is a short (about 5-6 inches), curved coolant bypass hose (about 5/8 dia). The flange is show in your photo having the two sensors on top connected to the large dia hose. One sensor has the two small hoses running to a green colored sensor.

The hose can start to split, small leak at first, major later.

There are also other 5/8 inch dia (think this is the size) hoses in the area.

Move the hoses around, often a bad hose will leak more when moved.

Check areas where the hose attaches to a pipe, etc. You could just have a bad hose clamp.

When the engine is hot, CAREFULLY look at the hoses. Use a strong light. The coolant system is now pressurized, a bad hose may swell up in diameter. If poking around at the hoses, wear safety glasses, the coolant is under low pressure and can be over 200F.
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