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2008 grand caravan SE: a antifreeze leak..radiator hose..connector

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i have a antifreeze leak at a "Y" connection coming off the upper radiator hose on the left side off my 2008 grand caravan SE 3.3L. what is the "Y" connector called?
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TIM :

hello, this is called the heater bypass tube

JACUSTOMER-2p0x3brd- :

yeah it splits into 2 smaller hoses that are wrapped in aluminum

JACUSTOMER-2p0x3brd- :

is it difficult to remove and how does it disconnect? I fiddled with it for a few minutes, but i wasnt quite sure how it diconnected.

TIM :

it should be held together by hose clamps -- and disconnection should be straight forward

JACUSTOMER-2p0x3brd- :

it looks like plastic ends at the 3 connections. Almost like they lock together somehow.

TIM :

where do the three connections go to

JACUSTOMER-2p0x3brd- :

The "Y" connection comes out just behind the distributor cap. At the Y, the upper hose goes up a little and then into the firewall on the drivers side. the bottom hose coming off the Y connects with a smaller aluminum tube that follows to the passanger side against the firewall the shoots down and back underneathe the van.

TIM :

ok-- this van has rear heat -- that valve is held together with quick connect fittings--

JACUSTOMER-2p0x3brd- :

yeah thats what it looks like. how does it disconnect at the split and do i have to visit a dodge dealer for this part or can i buy it aftermarket? Also what can i expect to pay for the part, and is it def. called "heather bypass tube."

TIM :

this part is called the rear heater diverter valve-- and the clip pulls out at the end of each connection

TIM :

this part cost $120 and is a dealer part

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