When we sat down to write the Corvette Braided Hose instructions, we realized that they are not really needed because it is pretty much, take one hose off and put the new one on. So Consider this page the Braided Hose Tips Page
Some basic things you might want to have handy 1) Light Mechanics Gloves 2) Liquid Dish Soap 3) Channel Lock Pliers 4) Basic Socket Set 5) Long Cross Hatch and Slotted Screw Drivers 6) A way to drain and depose of your used antifreeze 7) New Antifreeze 8) Jack Stands or Ramps 9) Flash light 10) Band-aids
So you have never worked with Braided Hose Before... Here are some things you should know...
1)The Black tape on the end of the hose is your friend, donít remove it.It holds the braid together.In fact, further securing it with electrical tape is a good idea.
2)Although the hoses look very smooth, they are not.They have lots of little braid ends up and down the length of the hose.You will get pricked if you do not wear gloves
3)The braid should be consistent in pattern and direction, it is, however not perfect.There are 1000ís of individual fibers that come together to make the braid, and there is some slight deviation due to hose size, length, and curvature.
4)You may find a snag or create one while you are working with the hose.A snag is a strand or two of braid that has pulled away from the hose.Do Not Pull It.Simply take a pair of snips and trim is as close to the hose as you can.
5)The OEM hoses are sometimes run so that they are hidden.Have fun, run your new braided lines so they can be seen!You do not have to follow the exact path of the OEM hose.
6)Want to cut your braided line?No problem.Simply wrap the area you want to cut with electrical tape and use a fine toothed hack saw (a band saw with a fine blade works great)
7)Donít bend or pinch your braided line.It will ruin the braid and collapse the hose.You can tell where the hose is willing to bend and where it is not.Remember, the hose does not need to follow the original path of the OEM hose.
8)Braided Hose WILL SCRATCH your car.If you drag it across your paint,as light as a feather,it WILL SCRATCH your car.Cover your fenders.Remove any aftermarket Chrome/Stainless Steel/Pained Trim Accessories you have installed.
9)Get a bag of Cat Litter for the Radiator fluid you ARE going to spill on the ground.
Before you start, Drain your radiator fluid
Most of the hose Clamps you will remove look like this. They are removed by gripping both tabs with a pair of channel lock pliers and squeezing the tabs together.
If the hose is stuck, gently use the channel locks to grip the hose at the neck and gently rock it back and forth until the hose comes free.
If you have trouble getting the hose to slide over the nipple, try using a little dish soap on the inside of the hose and on the nipple. A Q-Tip works well for this. You will only try and put the dish soap on the inside of the hose with your finger 1 time...
The only hose you will not be able to see the start and finish of is the air hose that runs the entire length of the engine compartment on the drivers side.
You can easily identify this hose, because it is the one immediately under the radiator neck in the first picture.
This hose starts at the bottom left hand side of the radiator on the drivers side, and follows up the radiator and along the fender well on the drivers side of the engine compartment. You can clearly see where it ends on the top side.
To get access to the bottom end of the hose, you will need to open the access panel on the drivers side, directly in front of the air dam. All those of you that have installed a VaraRam Intake have been here before...
Once the access panel is open, you will see this
The head needs to be rotated because you will not be able to make such a short 90 degree bend with the braided air hose. The rotation will allow the hose to follow the radiator down and plug directly into the head with a slight bend to the outside.
Enjoy Your New Hoses !
These instructions are provided for information purposes only. Do not attempt installation of any CCA part if you are not a qualified mechanic.
For proper jacking instructions for your Corvette, please consult your owners manual.
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