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Taking your car to the shop is expensive. Save a bundle by learning how to make some automobile fixes yourself with these tutorials..
You Will Need
- Rubber gloves
- Safety glasses or sunglasses
- Duct tape
- Engine coolant
Determine where the radiator hose is leaking.
Let the engine, hose, and radiator fluid cool for 10 to 15 minutes, even if nothing seems hot.
Dry the area of the hose where the leak is located.
Tear a piece of duct tape long enough to wrap around the hose -- about 4 to 6 inches long. Stick the tape on the hose, making sure to cover the hole.
Reinforce the taped section of the hose by wrapping another piece of tape on either side of the first piece. Make these pieces about twice as long, and wrap them around the hose in a spiral.
Look into the coolant reservoir to make sure you have a sufficient amount of coolant left. Fill as necessary.
Start the engine to make sure your patch works.
Head home or to an auto parts store, where you can buy a replacement hose. You’ll be back on the road in no time!