Menu

1A Auto Video Library
Our how-to videos have helped repair over 100 million vehicles.

How To Replace Upper Radiator Hose 00-06 Chevy Suburban

Share on:

How To Replace Upper Radiator Hose 00-06 Chevy Suburban

Created on: 2014-06-23

This video will show the steps for removing the upper radiator hose, including draining and refilling the coolant

  1. step 1 :Draining the Coolant
    • Twist off the coolant bottle cap
    • Have a drain pan ready
    • Twist off the radiator drain plug
    • Allow the coolant to drain
    • Twist on the radiator drain plug
  2. step 2 :Removing the Intake Hose
    • Loosen the intake hose clamps with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Lift the intake hose up and out
  3. step 3 :Removing the Upper Radiator Hose
    • Unclip the smaller hose from the radiator hose
    • Loosen the radiator hose clamps with pliers
    • Pull the hose off
    • If the hose is seized, cut the side with a razor blade
    • Unclip the radiator hose
    • Pull the hose up and out
  4. step 4 :Preparing the New Hose
    • Pry the clips off the old radiator hose with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Put the clips onto the new hose
    • Pull the hose clamps off the old hose with pliers
    • Slide off the heat shields
    • Slide the heat shields onto the new hose
    • Slide the hose clamps onto the new hose with pliers
  5. step 5 :Installing the Radiator Hose
    • Slide the radiator hose into place
    • Slide the hose clamps into place with pliers
    • Clip in the radiator hose
  6. step 6 :Installing the Intake Hose
    • Push the intake hose into place
    • Tighten the intake hose clamps with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Clip the smaller hose onto the radiator hose
  7. step 7 :Filling the Coolant
    • Add coolant to the coolant bottle using a funnel
    • Twist on the coolant bottle cap
    • Run the engine briefly
    • Add coolant as necessary

Tools needed for replacement

  • General Tools

    Razor Blade / Gasket Scraper

    Drain Pan

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

    Slip-Joint Pliers

  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

Installation Video
Watch video

Brought to you by 1AAuto.com, your source for quality replacement parts and the best service on the Internet.

Hi, I'm Don from 1A Auto. I hope this how-to video helps you out, and the next time you need a part for your vehicle, think of 1AAuto.com. Thanks.

In this video, we're going to show you how to replace the upper radiator hose on this 2002 Chevy Suburban. The items you'll need for this are a flat blade screwdriver, a pair of pliers, drip pan, razor, and coolant.

Start off by removing your coolant overflow bottle cap. By the driver's side front wheel, go in front of that. At the bottom corner of your radiator, there is a thumb screw that is your radiator drain. Remove that, and obviously, have a drip pan underneath.

Now loosen up this hose clamp, and this hose clamp, using a flat blade screwdriver. Pull both ends of the intake hose out, and then lift it up and out. Pull this smaller hose free, and then, using a pair of pliers, just push the teeth together on this hose clamp. Then, slide the hose clamp up the hose. You want to also just pull this hose free. It should pull free, but ours is seized up on here. If you have the same problem, just use a razor blade, and cut up along the side here. Now you can just pull it free. Now push the teeth together on this hose clamp, and slide it down the hose. Pull the hose free. Then you just lift up on this clip.

Now, you want to transfer over all of these clips and hose clamps to your new hose. Using a flat blade screwdriver, you just pry the teeth apart on this clip, and it pulls free. Put it onto your new hose, and just push those teeth together. Now repeat the process on this clip. You also want to transfer over those shields and the hose clamps, which you just push the teeth together with pliers and slide them off. Then, slide them onto your new hose.

Now, push the teeth together on the hose clamp, slide the radiator hose into place, and slide the clamp back up into place. Push this clip straight down. Then line up this hose, push it into place, and slide the hose clamp back down. Now take your intake hose, feed it back down into place, and push both ends back to where they need to be. This hose needs to go underneath that radiator hose.

Then, once they're both in place, just push this hose back up in, and it'll clip onto the side there. Then, tighten up those two hose clamps with your flat blade screwdriver. Now replace the coolant to the max fill line, and then you want to start the vehicle. Let it run for a little bit and heat up, and let the coolant circle through. Then check where it's at, and fill it back to the max fill line if necessary.

We hope this video helps you out. Brought to you by www.1AAuto.com, your source for quality replacement parts and the best service on the Internet. Please feel free to call us toll-free, 888-844-3393. We're the company that's here for you on the Internet and in person.

Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Razor Blade / Gasket Scraper
  • Drain Pan

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

  • Slip-Joint Pliers

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver


CURT Trailer Hitch Installation Techniques

CURT Trailer Hitch Installation Techniques

Need some tips on making your trailer hitch installation easier? Check out this video to learn more!

Search Videos
Go To Top

Same Day Shipping

Need your part faster? Choose expedited shipping at checkout.

Guaranteed To Fit

Highest quality, direct fit replacement auto parts enforced to the strictest product standards.

USA Customer Support

Exceeding customers' expectations, our team of passionate auto enthusiasts are here to help.

Instructional Video Library

Thousands of how-to auto repair videos to guide you step-by-step through your repair.

Loading...