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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-14-2015, 11:06 PM Thread Starter
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Radiator Clamps How Do They work?

This has probably been asked before but I couldn't find an answer with the search function:

I have a 2014 B3 leaking fluid from the radiator hose clamp. How the hell do those radiator clamps work? How do you take them off and I assume you can't re-use them?

I had my radiator replaced last year and the dealer said those clamps were crap and they were going to put on different ones. Well, they didn't and I have factory clamps.

What kind of clamps do you recommend replacing them with?

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They are Clic R clamps, you need a set ofClic R pliers to remove them and refit them. They are IMHO very good and common oncars and vans across the European motor industry. Tell your dealer to get the right tools because he sounds like a dick.

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This may help:
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They are a bit of a challenge when fitting Silicon hoses I found..as the OD seems a tad bigger with the Samco set.

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As said earlier, very common on cars these days. As long as the correct size is used they work very well. As long as the correct tool is used they are a snap to install and remove.

You can do the R&R with out the correct tool, but it is a PITA. Invest in the pliers.

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I much prefer them as the rotary style are a pain to get in the solid ones (without the slits that eventually damage the hose) and they are virtually impossible to have slip off.

The tool is easy to find on amazon. I actually bought a second one and shaved the handles down to make it easy to fit in the tank bag for trips. They are used all over the bike, fuel hoses and the like. So its a good idea to have them on hand.


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Buy the tool... Didn't even check to see what was on there before fitting my exhaust and was stuck using needle nose pliers. Easy to get off, damn near impossible to get back on. Those things had me so bloody mad, pliers were chucked across the garage a few times. I'd be so close to getting them to click in, and snap, pliers would let go. I think at one point a friend came over to find me crying in the corner with a bottle of scotch because I had only one left to fit before being able to start the bike for the first time....
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Thanks folks, bought the tool today. I'm not sure taking it off and putting the same clamp on will fix the leak. Anyone have a good source where I can get a variety of clamp sizes? I'm thinking maybe a new one will be a bit tighter.
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Little late to the party. Bought s/s smooth band worm drive clamps from McMaster-Carr. In case you decide to go that route.

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Thanks folks, bought the tool today. I'm not sure taking it off and putting the same clamp on will fix the leak. Anyone have a good source where I can get a variety of clamp sizes? I'm thinking maybe a new one will be a bit tighter.

The size of the clamp is stamped into the band, they cover a range of sizes, do a google for clic r clamps and you will find someone in the US will stock them.

They are pretty common over here in Europe I can even get them at car dealerships like Mercedes Benz.

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