The OEM factory installed hoses in the 2000 Trajet are stiff, crackly and they will fail! Time to do proactive replacement!
Step 1: Removing the Old Hose.
Due to age and heat, the old rubber hose was firmly bonded onto the engine and radiator nipples. Using a a firm grip on the hose, the ends were removed.
See the sediment lining the inside of the hose? Not a good sign.
Step 2: Comparing Oem and Aftermarket.
The oem is form molded for the car but the aftermarket is flexible enough to work well.
Step 3: Installing the New Hose.
Installation was quite easy. I used SS hose clamps to secure the ends onto the nipples.
A full gallon of Coolant was needed to fill back the cooling system.
Now the engine has a new radiator hose. Next job is to find the lower hose and replace it!