heater hose clip bolt/screw M6 x 1 x 25 - 15653669?
OK. Seeing as how the heater hoses are so close tot he serpentine belt it makes sense that there is something constraining the heater hoses. However, this bolt/screw was not in place on my FleetwoodEstateWagon and my heater hose got a hole in it. The replacement hose is doing the same thing. So, before I put the nice, new hoses I have on, I figured I would find the bolt to constrain the hoses so I don't have to worry about it again. Before I began replacing the hoses I called the local Buick/Cadillac/GMC dealer. Of course, they told me they didn't have the bolt, it's been discontinued, only 2 dealers in the US have it. I asked for the part number, 15653669 was the number provided. Before asking for the part number, I was provided with a description of the bolt M6 x 1 x 25. So, I went to Lowe's and got varying lengths of M6 x 1 bolts as I though 1 inch (25 mm) was much longer than the bolt needed to be. When I got back to my car, it seemed like the bolt was threading in - that is, until I pushed on the bolt and the bolt pushed right in. Obviously, if the hole was originally M6 x 1, it has been stripped out at some point. But it is making me wonder if I was actually given the right specs and/or right part number. So, can anyone confirm that the proper bolt is actually M6 x 1 x 25? Or can anyone confirm that I need a different size bolt (i.e. the factory botl was actually a different size)? Are there differences between the Cadillac and Buick parts that make up my wagon? If my alternator bracket has actually been stripped out, has anyone had good luck heli-coiling the bracket (while it's still on the engine? Any 'creative' solutions for constraining the movement of the hoses as a last resort?
What should be a simple fix seemingly always turns into a freakin' ordeal... My next post will be about the difficulties getting a trailer hitch installed (after doing a bit more research)...
Thanks for any insight you can share!