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Old 18-08-2015   #31
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Yep-happened to my 1.2 Lounge too!
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Re: Plastic coolant hose fitting broke off

I realise this is an old thread, but It proved useful for me, so heres my 2p:

This has just happened in my girlfriend's 2010 1.2 lounge. I first noticed the leak after it's cambelt + pump change, so i'm guessing the process of changing the coolant somehow exacerbated the problem. Either that or the mechanic had something to do with it.

Not knowing whether I can trust said mechanic, i decided to replace the thermostat myself. I deliberately went for the Facet one as it has the metal collar instead of plastic.

If you are comfortable working on the cooling system on a car, this is a fairly easy job. You need to remove the battery and tray to give youself access. You will also need a jubilee clip to replace the one on the hose to the radiator, as the factory fit one cannot be re-used.

I'm not a professional mechanic, but I do think this represents a design flaw. It's not that the plastic cannot tolerate the heat, it's just a bit too fraglie. Lucky for Fiat that it seems to hold on long enough to avoid being a warranty replacement.
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Re: Plastic coolant hose fitting broke off

This is the broken one:

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Mine.
Interesting that compared to the OP's replacement unit in September last year, yours appears to have a metal fitting in place of the plastic one.

Edit: Though it is not clear whether the OP's was "genuine" (I'd imply so from his dealership visit) and S4P appears to be out of stock of genuine, so guessing yours is aftermarket from S4P?
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Mine is a facet, so it's aftermarket.
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Mine is a facet, so it's aftermarket.
It's hard to understand why anyone would want to buy an OEM replacement if the original one had failed prematurely.

Although this is an easy and cheap repair, it's serious in so far as if it fails completely, it could destroy your engine if you don't stop the car as soon as the overheat warning appears. The 1.2 FIRE is known for HG failure if run low on coolant.

Several of these have been reported as having failed; folks might consider replacing even apparently sound housings with plastic spigots with the all-metal type as a precaution.
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Re: Plastic coolant hose fitting broke off

Where can i see this part under the hood to check if its ok?
2010 1.4 model.
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It's hard to understand why anyone would want to buy an OEM replacement if the original one had failed prematurely.

Although this is an easy and cheap repair, it's serious in so far as if it fails completely, it could destroy your engine if you don't stop the car as soon as the overheat warning appears. The 1.2 FIRE is known for HG failure if run low on coolant.

Several of these have been reported as having failed; folks might consider replacing even apparently sound housings with plastic spigots with the all-metal type as a precaution.
I was going to do mine anyway when I did the timing belt and water pump. For 25 quid you'd be stupid not to, plus the stat wasn't actually functioning as it should have done anyway.
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Where can i see this part under the hood to check if its ok?
2010 1.4 model.

Not sure about the 1.4. However, it's probably in a similar place to the 1.2.

Follow the top radiator hose (one of the big ones) back to where it meets the engine block. The hose attaches on to the thermostat housing.

It's difficult to get a good look at it without removing the battery and battery tray, however, you can certainly check for any leaking coolant in the area.

That said, i've checked the part for the 1.4, and it is different to the 1.2. You may find it is not suceptable to this problem.
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Re: Plastic coolant hose fitting broke off

Cheap Chinesse parts are cheap because there made to look like the original bits but without any QC or testing, you get what you pay for.

OEM for major parts.
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Re: Plastic coolant hose fitting broke off

Ummmm ok.

Thanks for adding precisely nothing and looking a bit of a berk for saying how good OEM parts are when they're clearly crap in this case.
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Re: Plastic coolant hose fitting broke off

Thanks for welcoming my input so warmly.

if you look on EBay these items are available from 17.50 to 36 for the same item, all seem to be plastic type fittings, but was yours OEM or aftermarket, I was saying if after market that could be the reason for its faluire

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Re: Plastic coolant hose fitting broke off

And you'd be wrong, all the failed ones are OEM.......
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Re: Plastic coolant hose fitting broke off

Hey, jenkineo/306maxi -
When you replaced your thermostats what did you use as a gasket? Does a new gasket come in the kit from S4P, maxi? Or did you use a tube of sealant instead of a gasket?
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