Go Back  AcuraZine - Acura Enthusiast Community > AcuraZine TL/TLX Community > Second Generation TL (1999-2003)
Reload this Page >

99 TL...Upper radiator hose ripped..What could be faulty?


99 TL...Upper radiator hose ripped..What could be faulty?

Old 03-30-2019, 09:19 PM
New Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Mar 2019
Age: 42
Posts: 1
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
99 TL...Upper radiator hose ripped..What could be faulty?

New user here..greetings readers!

I own a 99 TL. I love my car even with 210k miles on it.

My newest issue with car is, yesterday while sitting in a parking lot, with engine running, I saw steam coming from under the hood. Temp gauze was still in middle.

Checked under hood, to find an ‘inch’ sized rip on upper rad hose with coolant all over the place and under car. Found a cloth to tie/block the rip and starting driving home 4 miles. On way, temp kept going to Full H RED. Stopped 3 times on road, with steaming hood, flashers on, shut off engine to somehow cool it down for 2-3 mins to make to home.

I am newbie to this. Got Gates branded upper hose and replaced myself today. Also filled full gal Honda AF. Hand pressed rad hose to get as much air out. Drove 5 miles just now and Temp did not go above middle. Both upper/lower hoses were warm.

ISSUE: Rad fan is not turning on after noticing 2 mins with engine running. Both fans came on IF I start AC full hot.

INFO: Timing belt, water pump, belts, thermostat were replaced 2 years ago. Radiator 1 year ago.

CLUE: Alternator replaced 4 months ago. Since then i hear like grrrdd...grrdd..noise from belts. More so in morning and when accel’ing. Could overtight belts have caused water pump to go bad?

Question: Where do I go from here? I still don’t know what caused overpressure in upper rad hose in first place. Is it water pump already bad or resetting belt can save it?
replyj is offline  
Old 03-31-2019, 02:36 PM
Registered Member
whitetiger5's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Newport beach
Age: 40
Posts: 238
Received 25 Likes on 24 Posts
in the service manual there is a process to troubleshooting cooling system failure as you have described. (you can search for "Service manual" here in the forum for more info on that book in e-format) .

I believe that the fan is controlled by a temp sensor: you may have to do some troubleshooting using the manual to figure that one out..

When you filled the cooling system after repair, did you perform the recommended method of turning climate control to HOT (no AC) to open up the heater core portion of the cooling system? there could be more air in your system...
whitetiger5 is online now  
Related Topics
Thread Starter
Last Post
First Generation RL (1996-2004)
03-21-2012 08:34 PM
1G CL Problems & Fixes
10-22-2008 11:56 PM
Second Generation TL (1999-2003)
09-03-2006 09:57 AM
Car Parts for Sale
01-03-2005 09:40 PM
Car Parts for Sale
01-03-2005 09:38 PM

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: 99 TL...Upper radiator hose ripped..What could be faulty?

Contact Us - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

© 2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.