Hose running to heater needing repair?

Asked by Sep 20, 2019 at 01:51 AM about the 2003 Ford Taurus

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My 2003 ford taurus is over heating.  In looking  at
it I have discovered what seems to be the problem.   
A hose that connects  to the heater seems to be
literally  shredded.  My question:   is there
something I can do as a quick fix until I can buy the
part to try to fix it.  Would a foil tape (hvac tape)  
hold until I can get the part?  Really in a position
that I can't afford a mechanic, and have to repair it
myself.....

2 Answers

Another photo to go along with the one on my original post.

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That's not a heater hose; it's a pressur line and what you're seeing is old sheething cracking; not a problem yet. If you're overheating, and cannot describe exactly what's going on, I'll explain the process. Overheating can be caused by several things. A broken water pump, sticking thermostat, clogged radiator, collapsed hose, bad radiator cap, air in cooling system. Could be a defect in the cooling fan system causing the fan not to operate when needed. There could even be mechanical issues with the engine that cause this. Start by checking coolant flow. Is the top hose hot? if not it's the thermostat. If it is, with radiator cap off see if there is flow. If not, it's the radiator. If flow, purge air from the system (videos on line explain this simple procedure). This covers 90% of overheating problems.

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