Was wondering if there were more permanent fixes to the plastic "clip in" heater hose connection? It started leaking about 2 years ago. I bought the replacement kit from the Dealer, it came with a new nipple for the stat housing and a new plastic clip. It has always seeped a tiny bit, but now its a full bore drip requiring coolant top offs every other week. I really want to eliminate this connection, but i had the new nipple put in by a machine shop as i snapped the old one off in the t-stat, so it has been re-tapped. Basically not sure if i can remove the nipple from the stat housing anymore. Any insight would be great thanks! I had a video of it and the dripping, but the file somehow became corrupt.