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Old January 28th, 2013, 01:36 PM
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So it looks like my lines have been wrapped with something at some point. Are they still super sketchy??



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Old January 28th, 2013, 01:42 PM
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I deleted mine when I found the stainless line was possibly rubbing on an AC line. No ill effects, but I don't drive it much and I do run synthetic.
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Old January 28th, 2013, 01:46 PM
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So it looks like my lines have been wrapped with something sketchy.
Fixed it for you.
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Old January 28th, 2013, 01:57 PM
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So it looks like my lines have been wrapped with something at some point. Are they still super sketchy??
Yes. Either delete them or upgrade. Just don't leave them stock. Many defenders have been car-b-q'd when these fail.
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Old January 28th, 2013, 01:57 PM
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I've run without my cooler lines for probably 20K miles. I've towed with it, driven it cross country and 4 wheeled in Moab, in july, all day, for a week straight on 3 separate trips. The engine temp (according the the gauge) is lower than it used to run with the lines in. I also put in a new radiator when I removed the lines so that certainly contributes but the car never overheats now. That needle sits left of center no matter the ambient temp. Cooler is always better but I have not seen any ill effects. I do not use synthetic oil but I do change every 3K miles. Temp wise the truck is the best it's ever been so I'm not planning on adding them back in until there is an overheating issue or there is some other issue forcing me to reconsider.
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Old January 28th, 2013, 02:15 PM
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So it looks like my lines have been wrapped with something at some point. Are they still super sketchy??



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that looks standard to me.
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Old January 28th, 2013, 02:41 PM
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Those lines look standard. replace 'em! Or remove them. I ran for months without lines, no change at all. Almost had a disaster story is, driving through town, pulling away from a stoplight, noticed a smell, then saw smoke coming out from under the hood!!! Luckily I pulled over in 1/2 a block and shut it down. There was a small pinhole leak shooting oil onto exhaust, and everywhere else.. No carbeque.

If I had the choice now, I'd get the stainless braided set and leave them in place. Cheap insurance.


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Old January 28th, 2013, 02:45 PM
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Same here, was running with no lines for over a year, never had any problems except when my fan clutch when bad. I still plan on running with no lines.
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Old January 28th, 2013, 04:54 PM
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Thank you all for the advice. I really appreciate this forum and all of your wisdom. Invaluable stuff!! I am going to remove the lines for now and place am order for stainless. After reading through a bunch of stories I don't even want to drive it around the block with these lines.

Thanks fellas!
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Old January 28th, 2013, 05:08 PM
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So while waiting for new lines do I just:

1. remove the sandwich plate w/ lines attached

2. Screw oil filter on where sandwich plate was

3. Remove lines from radiator and plug holes

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Old January 28th, 2013, 05:26 PM
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So while waiting for new lines do I just:

1. remove the sandwich plate w/ lines attached

2. Screw oil filter on where sandwich plate was

3. Remove lines from radiator and plug holes

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Old January 28th, 2013, 06:01 PM
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No need to plug holes in the rad.
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Old January 28th, 2013, 06:09 PM
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No need to plug holes in the rad.

I left mine open, would something bad happen to it?
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Old January 28th, 2013, 08:57 PM
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I left mine open, would something bad happen to it?
no need to plug them, but old oil may come out and get on stuff.
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Old January 28th, 2013, 09:05 PM
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no need to plug them, but old oil may come out and get on stuff.
Yeah ... Like that doesn't happen as standard on a defender
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Old January 28th, 2013, 11:00 PM
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My lines are still hanging in almost the same place as when they were attached... I've been putting Liquid Wrench on the radiator lines regularly - but the corrosion doesn't want to let go!! I don't want to damage the radiator.
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Old February 5th, 2013, 04:33 PM
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Got my new lines



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Old February 5th, 2013, 05:34 PM
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Old February 8th, 2013, 01:51 AM
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Closing out my thread with new shiniest / best looking part of my engine bay.



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