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I would like to change my radiator hoses before the I head out on R2R. 2002, 2.0. I've not had them done before. What ones do I get and where, how many? the whole 9 yards, please... and thank you in advance ;-)
 

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Probably two ways to go; Oem stock rubber or aftermarket silicone.

Genuine Volkswagen parts; good quality but expensive. You could save money; by using Gates brand hoses. You could compare the prices; between genuine vw or gates.

http://parts.vw.com/parts/index.cfm?siteid=9

You can look up; the Gates hoses, by going to their website: http://navigates.gates.com/

High quality silicone hoses; are mad by brands like Saco and forge, amount, others. These, would probably last longer, then rubber.

https://www.google.com/search?q=vol...urceid=chrome-mobile&espv=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en-US
 

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There are many different hoses; that make up all of the hoses in the cooling system. It all depends on which you want to replace or replacing them all. Are particular hoses leaking? How many miles on the car? Some people replace hoses as a maintenance precaution or only when they leak.

Look at the hose diagram; exploded view, to see how many cooling hoses there are.

http://parts.vw.com/parts/2002/Volkswagen/Beetle/GL?siteid=9&vehicleid=90475&diagram=9210060
 

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2002, 2.0 92,000 miles. No leaks, just wondering before the trek to R2R if I should change any of them? I've had her for 5 years and haven't changed any of them....
 

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Again, it depends on how you approach automotive repairs; preventative maintenance or fix as needed. If you are concerned about potential problems with your car on a long trip; you might pay to have a professional vw import shop, check the whole car out, for any problems it might have. This would cost money but if you broke down, on the side of the road, it would cost you much more. You could purchase a triple AAA card to cover your trip; if you are concerned about a potential breakdown, it would save you money on a tow.

Have you maintained the car; when was the timing belt and water pump changed last?
 

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I guess everyone would like to avoid any issues if you are heading out on a trip. Especially in my case, I will be traveling by myself. No one to work on my car but me. I'll check her out tomorrow. Thanks much for your help! Greatly appreciated..
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Well, you should be fine on that; maybe take it to a pro and have the whole car, checked out from head to toe? Are you concerned about the car making it ; on the whole trip? Having it checked out; could give you peace of mind and see if anything needs work, before your trip! :) on a older car; it would be smart to have it checked out, you never know, better safe than sorry! :)
 

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I agree. There is a shop here that works on all cars. Not exactly what I would like, but they are good guy's and the things that could be an issue, is stuff like hoses and such that would be a concern on any car. I'll have them check the hoses for me. Thanks again..
 

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Yes! So excited to go! These dog gone hoses never even dawned o me till tonight! I went out and did a little squeezing on them. There is a larger hose that comes off the right of the radiator. When you squeeze it, you can hear the coolant moving in the over flow tank. In the olden days, the hoses should be firm. This one isn't. On the left of the radiator, there is a smaller, (in diameter) hose that is hard as a rock.. Haven't tried to locate the lower one yet. Is there lower one? if I'm facing the car, which side of the radiator is it on? I really appreciate your help!!
 

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You can look up the hoses here:

Volkswagen National eStore

While it can be a little confusing; all the hoses are there. You can also; identify your hose by find the part number, volkswagen imprints the part number son their parts themselves. Sometimes, you can get a flashlight and see the part number without taking the part or hose off.

Here is the page of the parts from Gates; based upon your cars info. If you click on the blue colored part number of the hoses listed, it will show you a picture. These pictures; maybe a easier way of identifying the hose you need. Check it out here:

http://navigates.gates.com/Parts.as...enger+Cars+&+Light+Trucks&Type=Passenger+Cars

http://navigates.gates.com/AddedVal...enger+Cars+&+Light+Trucks&Type=Passenger+Cars

http://navigates.gates.com/AddedVal...enger+Cars+&+Light+Trucks&Type=Passenger+Cars

http://navigates.gates.com/AddedVal...enger+Cars+&+Light+Trucks&Type=Passenger+Cars
 
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