As you may have noticed we’re have been in the throes of an F150 heater core replacement. It’s not a fun job (by any definition of those words), however it has taught us a few lessons. For example, after facing the pinch-apart-style clamps located at the back of the firewall — and after quite a few miles, often facing the firewall, too — we now prefer the screw-type hose clamps. Really prefer them.
We’re sure there be disagreements, but after laying across the engine bay struggling with a backwards-facing pinch-type on one of the heater hoses (that seemed cemented into place by years of grime and road dirt), the word clamp became a four letter word.
Conversely the screw type clamp on the other hose required only a 2 foot slotted screwdriver and about 3 minutes to remove in a jiffy.
What’s the lesson here? Spend an extra buck on some metal screw type hose clamps and save yourself hassle later on down the road. (Literally.)
Street Pricing starts at around $2 for a pack of 2.
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