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Do we need to change that Long Life Coolant anyway?

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 #271182  by paintballdude05
I'm thinking my Trep has a stuck thermostat(topic for another thread) and this is one of the jobs that I absolutely despise doing. The worst part is the damn hose clamp that is so stubborn. So, I've been looking to spoil myself by getting a set of hose clamp pliers that others have talked about. The cheapest and easiest place that I've found to buy them is eBay. I've found a few of them, different designs and prices, let me know what you guys think please!

Universal Hose Clamp Remover Pliers Tools 1812 - 45$ shipped ... 078wt_1185

Astro Pneumatic 9409A Hose Clamp Pliers - 46.50$ shipped ... 1516wt_952

Flexible Remote Locking Hose Clamp Pliers OEM - 48$ shipped ... 1317wt_905

Mayhew 45650 CatsPaw Hose Clamp Plier - 52$ shipped ... 1649wt_952

OTC Tools 4525 - Extended Cable Hose Clamp Pliers - 53$ shipped. ... 1423.l2649

KD Tools 82115 Hose Clamp Cable Pliers, 0-2" and 1-3" Range - 54$ shipped ... 1372wt_905
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 #271193  by FIREM
Check out Bill's recommendation
FWIW when I do a thermostat, I remove the hose from the radiator side, leave it on the thermostat housing side so I don't have to deal with the clamp on that end. Slip the clamp back on the heater hose tube and also keep the short heater hose on the housing...
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 #271203  by paintballdude05
Thanks Bob, I had forgot about Bill's post on the subject!

When I did them in the past, I never took the heater hose off. I left it on, took the rad hose off and put the new thermostat in the housing and bolted it back on. I'm going to start a thread in a bit with the issues I'm having to get some input, I think I have a car that doesn't want to heat up.