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1996 ford explorer leaking water/missing hose!

Overheated and I change the thermostat then discovered there is fluid pouring out from under the vehicle because there is a broken/missing hose or pipe. Anyone know what that might be called? it is under the car not one of the radiator hoses. Could it be related to the heater core line or something?

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The lower thermostat housing is a very common failure on the 4.0L SOHC.

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SOURCE: Replace thermostat in 2000 ford ranger

the open pipe that you took the hose off of is the thermostat housing, you will need to remove this to reveal the thermostat, make sure you use a new gasket with sealant when reinstalling thermostat housing to prevent leaks and dont over tighten the bolts,run both bolts down as far as you can before final tightning

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SOURCE: 1996 ford thunderbird 4.6 overheating

blown head gasket or obtruction in water jacket

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SOURCE: Where is the heater core hose in my 2000 ford expedition?

check closer to just underneath the firewall--it could be a smaller problem than a heater core--Ford 4.6--5.4 engines have a tube just underneath the intake manifold that the rubber hose goes bad and it will leak towards the back of the engine.Lets hope so-what i hear its very expensive to change a heater core in an Expedition.

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SOURCE: 1999 ford taurus no heat

Is the blower motor working? If not that is what it is. If it is working then check heater coil out, Could be bad heater coil.

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SOURCE: 97 ford f150 4.6 the pipe that gos to heater core

heater core cloged.

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