Is it easy to remove the heater hose quick connect? While you can get this done even if you haven’t tried it before, nobody’s saying that it would be easy. It depends on the gravity of the problem.
You can try a temporary fix, but this will not do the trick if the connectors need replacement. Make sure that you always bring the proper disconnect tool with you as it will make the whole process swifter.
This article serves as a guide on using the disconnect tool in removing the heater hose quick connect. It is a different thing altogether if the hose connectors need to be replaced.
Let this write-up serve as an overview of the proper way of removing the heater hose quick connect.
- It explains the quick connect hose and the most common reasons why they break.
- It gives a step-by-step guide on how to remove the connectors and where to buy replacement parts.
Chevy – Chevrolet/GMC Heater Hose Connectors.
Things You’ll Need:
- Disconnect tool
- Hand saw with a hacksaw blade
How to Remove Chevy Heater Hose Quick Connect
The heater hose quick connect of a Chevy is made of plastic, so it is bound to get brittle and break off in time. This connector breaks at the center, making it impossible to slide it off the barb or use a worn clamp to deal with it.
You have to learn how to remove the plastic connector remaining. If you want to replace the quick connect hose, you can buy this kind of product at an auto parts store.
If you are caught off guard by the situation and don’t have the replacement tool, you can, for the meantime, place a worm-type of hose clamp on the remaining copper tubing’s hose.
All you need is the right disconnect tool, and a hand saw to properly remove the Chevy heater hose quick connect, and perform the following steps:
Find the broken plastic connector. Use the disconnect tool to release the spring fingers inside the connector.
Let the disconnect tool fold around the tube's back until it slides into the connector. Once done, the fingers will be released, and the connector will slide off the pipe.
You have to take the tool off the pipe before you install a new hose. Use a hand saw to cut the tool with one straight cut on top and another on the bottom.
Once the connector is broken in half, it is best to replace both connectors to prevent the problem from happening any time soon.
Here’s a video that will give you a heads-up about finding the hose quick connect and how to use the disconnect tool to remove it.
- Your goal in the process is to get the connector off the pipe.
- If you are in a hurry, you can do a temporary fix by cutting the other heater hose and attaching it to the water pump by making a loop. You can fix it properly once you get home and have the right tools handy.
- You may need to cut off the connector if you can’t release it properly, it is packed with dirt, or you don’t have a disconnect tool.
- You have to handle the task of cutting the connector with extreme care and caution. If you shake it too much, it might lead to a bigger problem: a broken heater core.
- Changing the heater core is not a task for a novice. Even the pros get this done after several hours. It will also require that you get the entire dash out.
A proper disconnect tool is necessary to remove the heater hose quick connect it to your vehicle. You never know when you will encounter the problem, so you should always bring this tool with you.
If you don’t have the disconnect tool, your best resort is to cut the connector. The process has to be done with caution as the heater core is bound to break if you shake it a lot. If the problem extends to the heater core, you will need to get the entire dash off to change the problematic part. This process alone would take up to 10 hours.
With the right disconnect tool along with a hand saw with a hacksaw blade, you can easily remove the connectors swiftly and adequately.
What should you do next? Always have a disconnect tool ready and regularly check on the hose connectors if they need to be changed. This way, you won’t be caught in a dilemma of fixing it when you don’t have the right tools with you.