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Is there a trick to easily removing stuck rubber hoses off fittings?

There are three things I do with a rubber hose to get them removed: I use a pair of pliers, monkey wrench, or vise-grips (depending on how big the hose is). With these I apply enough pressure on the ...
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Minor boost leak and shrill tone at peak boost: hose clamp, gasket or blow off valve?

It is quite likely the work performed has introduced a subtle air leak that only manifests itself under high boost. Pressurizing the intake tract with the car off will help you identify the source of ...
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How to remove coolant hose from T piece

Yes, you need to cut them - difficult but possible with sidecutters, they do make special cutters for these, but you can grind them : be very careful where the sparks go : cover everything... For ...
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Minor boost leak and shrill tone at peak boost: hose clamp, gasket or blow off valve?

I Believe It's a Hose Connection Point Unmetered air whether it's a negative pressure or positive pressure is bad. That being said, I find it interesting that losing some of the boost isn't ...
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How to choose replacement hoses

Dealer Head to your dealer and grab OEM Exact parts for your vehicle. Aftermarket OEM Find out what brand(s) your manufacturer uses, and see if you can source them sold somewhere else. Often ...
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Is there a trick to easily removing stuck rubber hoses off fittings?

Paulster's first option of grabbing with pliers (or your hand, if possible) and twisting is the best I know, but one option for a tool like this pick that's not made of metal is bicycle tire levers: ...
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Are there plugs for sale that are used to plug unused (thin) vacuum lines?

You can put a plug in the vacuum line or put a cap over the port at the other end of the line. Ask for Vacuum Caps. Note: The air injection system on my car is much more than just the smog pump. I ...
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Spring vs worm gear clamps?

Great question. Spring clamps have several advantages from the engineers point of view. They apply even pressure around the joint, screw clamps do not. Screw clamps pull from one side and this can ...
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My old Crown Vic will not hold coolant. It runs straight through. Can't get to mechanic til jan. 1st

I know it sucks Lisa, but no you cannot drive it in that state or your engine will overheat and probably seize up, costing thousands to repair or replace. Don't even drive it to the mechanic, get it ...
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What is the metal brace on this rubber hose? How important is it?

I don't know exactly what it's for, but usually they'd put these in there for one of two reasons. They need a hard place to mount the hose so what's holding on to it doesn't wear on it. They are ...
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Spring vs worm gear clamps?

The one simple reason manufacturers use spring clamps instead of worm gear clamps: Cost It costs far less to mass produce spring clamps and use them than it does worm gear clamps. As far as your ...
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Are there plugs for sale that are used to plug unused (thin) vacuum lines?

A few comments in addition to David's answer: You can be creative with how the vacuum hose is closed off Something as simple as a bulldog clip will do - the purpose is to seal off one end. Another ...
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Is it OK to run a diesel engine with a blocked fuel injector return line?

tl dr: Could you? Probably. Should you? No. Engines with a return line need to have it intact or you will be creating over pressure on the entire fuel system. This would cause you to dump more fuel ...
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What is this hose that is leaking yellow/amber fluid?

Those are heater hoses. They supply hot antifreeze to the heater core so that you have heat in the truck.
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How to repair this (PCV?) tube?

If you are in dire need for a replacement on the cheap, either way you suggested would work just fine. In fact, if you used fuel line (or any other rubber based line which fits over the hard plastic), ...
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95 Integra: Broken Nipple to hose

That cap is the Purge control. The cap will come off if you are super careful, it just snaps on. There will be a diaphragm and spring under the cap. I fix broken nipples with small hose connectors. I ...
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Is it OK to run a diesel engine with a blocked fuel injector return line?

You don't say the specific engine in your car but assuming it's one of the 1.9 TDI's, I'd say it's definitely a bad idea to run with the fuel return "to air" or blocked. I have a 2003 Bora (Jetta IV) ...
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Spring vs worm gear clamps?

Spring style hose clamps are typically fabricated from steel alloy and plated with zinc for corrosion protection. Aluminum would not be a good choice for spring clamps due to low elastic limits and ...
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Is there a trick to easily removing stuck rubber hoses off fittings?

Probably should be a comment, but I'm too long-winded: if the hose (automotive) is really difficult to get off, with corrosion "welding" the rubber to the fitting... It's time to replace the hose. ...
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My old Crown Vic will not hold coolant. It runs straight through. Can't get to mechanic til jan. 1st

As GdD says, you can't drive it, at all, without coolant - it will overheat in a matter of minutes (if not less) and destroy your engine. If it is just sitting there, it does not need to have coolant ...
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How to choose replacement hoses

Typically the only hoses which need to be special (rather, something other than just rubber) are fuel lines. These are usually reinforced with some form of fiber, like a polyamid (nylon) or sometimes ...
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What is the purpose of this hose?

Since I can't see much of it, I would assume that it is part of the pcv system and when it comes off it allows too much air into the intake causing your issues. I would secure the pipe in place with ...
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Is it okay to wipe rubber hoses with WD-40?

WD-40 has 1000's of uses!! (if you listen to their marketing...) But really, it is safe for rubber and one thing they call out on their website. Keeps weather stripping and rubber car door seals ...
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Can I leave the fuel filter hose, EVAP line and all the electric lines disconnected overnight outside?

Yes, but I would plug each one - if you have the plastic bungs around then use those, if not then bolts work... even bits of rag as long as you don’t leave bits behind. It has been known for bugs to ...
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Is there a trick to easily removing stuck rubber hoses off fittings?

I was fighting with a stuck rubber hose on my car when it just popped into my head that I had a heat gun in the trunk. I had loaned it out to my brother and he was just returned it to me. It was the ...
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Is there a trick to easily removing stuck rubber hoses off fittings?

Boil kettle. Submerge fitting and hose end in hot water for 60 seconds, it will pull out like a greased pole from a... If you can't get the fitting submerged, simply pour over the boiled water very ...
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Spring vs worm gear clamps?

Regular strap clamps do not work as well. It's common to get cold-flow leakage around them whereas the spring clamps work better across the wide range of temperatures. If you have a strap clamp, you ...
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Disconnect cable and hose from cabin 1996 Toyota Rav4

Yes to both. The top picture is just a ground to the body from wherever it starts at. You'll find many of them around the car and under the bonnet (hood). Trying to find where it started will be a ...
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Is there a trick to easily removing stuck rubber hoses off fittings?

I bought one of these for my boat, because marine hoses are notoriously hard to remove (seldom done, and often inaccessible). I gave it to a friend, who had to remove original scupper hoses on his 25 ...
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