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How to Remove Upper Radiator Hose 07-14 Toyota FJ

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How to Remove Upper Radiator Hose 07-14 Toyota FJ

Created on: 2021-01-16

Learn how to replace the upper radiator hose on your 07-14 Toyota FJ Cruiser. 1A shows you how in this step by step video!

  1. step 1 :Removing the Upper Radiator Hose
    • Remove the two 10 mm nuts to remove the engine cover
    • Loosen the hose clamp and slide it away from the connection
    • Gently pry the hose to loosen it if necessary
    • Twist or rock the hose to remove it
    • Repeat for the other end of the hose
  2. step 2 :Installing the Radiator hose
    • Slide the radiator hose onto the fitting
    • Loosen the hose clamp and return it to position, using the grooves in the hose as a guide
    • Repeat for the other end of the hose
    • Install the engine cover inserting the rear tabs first and then lowering it
    • Secure the engine cover with the two 10 mm nuts

Tools needed for replacement

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches


  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

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Hey friends, it's Len here at 1A Auto. Today I'm working on a 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser. I want to show you how to remove and re-install an upper radiator hose. It's going to be a very easy job. If you need any parts, you can always check us out at Thanks.

So now I'm going to remove the cover right here. I'm going to use a 10 millimeter. Set those aside. Lift this up, pull it towards you, slides right off. We'll set this aside.

We're going to remove this clamp right here. Shake it around a little bit, get it to break free. These pliers are great except getting the exact right size for things sometimes can be a pain. Slide it down the hose. You're going to grab your hose with a little wiggle. If it doesn't seem like it wants to break free, this one almost kind of looks like it will. Yep, it's coming off.

Okay. We'll set that aside. You can check your hose. Make sure you don't see any dry rot cracks in there when you squeeze it. So it still looks decent. Set aside, I'm just going to grab this clamp with some straight pliers, it's easier to get to. Slide it down the hose, there we are. Can grasp our hose, see if we can give it a twist.

Okay, so it's not coming off at this point. You could do something like grab it with some pliers, carefully try to break it free. Okay. If it doesn't seem like it wants to come free like that and you don't want to tear the hose because you've got teeth on your pliers, use something like this. Or even if you have like the little hose pick. A lot of times those come in handy because you just essentially slide it along the metal here in between the metal and the hose. That helps break it free. You just kind of run it along. I want to be careful not to poke any holes in your hose, whether you're using one of the hose picks or the small screwdriver.

Okay. Here we are. We've removed our upper radiator hose.

Okay, so we're going to take our hose, slide it back on right there. You want to make sure it's twisted to the point that it's going to line back up with your radiator, the way you took it off. Okay, this is going to line up perfect. We'll grab our clamp. We're going to bring it right back down to where the grooves are, from where the clamp was originally. You want to try to line it up as best you can. It was there for a long time. It likes it there. Bring that down. Give a little tug. That feels good. Can move along to the next step.

Okay. I'm going to grab this clamp with my pliers hopefully. There we are. Slide the hose over the radiator. Try to get my pliers on there. Bring this over. Give it a nice little tug. It's going nowhere. Can move ahead to the next step.

Okay, it's time to install our engine cover. We've got two little hooky-doos like this. One's going to go here, one's going to go there. This is going to set flat down and then we've got a little piton there. One there, they're going to go in there. Line them up. Bring it down. Line up the studs with the holes. We've got two nuts. Tight. Tight. Looking good.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

  • Pliers

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

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