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Roger said:
i have a small crack in the top of my radiator , any product suggestions for repairing this??
Run, don't walk to your nearest auto parts store (i.e. Autozone) and get a NEW ONE!

Do not fool with those JB Weld CRAP fix-it-in-5-minute schemes..they will cost you a new motor!!!

In contrast, a radiator can be had off EBAY or radiators.com or AUTOZONE for $110-$175 TOPS

Dealer = $549 w/ 6mo wty - $649 1 year wty....
The first is refurb, the second reman...

I would not cheat it buddy
 

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Tiny pin holes in the fins/tubes area you can try some of the pour in copper/aluminium powder fixes. The guys are right...if you are leaking around a mount or fitting yer hozed. Hit ebay...but read the descriptions VERY carefully, ask questions, make sure you are getting what you expect.
 

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I agree with Leon. Just replace it, there not that expensive and you won't have to worry about it again for a long time.
 

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I will attest to the horors of diagnosing overheating and then fixing it. I spent almost $2000 fixing the problem over 7 months, and it was a blown HG caused by a crack in my rad.

FIX IT NOW!!!!!! DO NOT PROCRASTINATE ON THIS ONE!!!!

Replace the rad for $200 or whatever
or replace the HG and risk frying your heads for $2500.

It sux.. trust me.:(
 

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I dont think it is hard, but I think it is easier on a lift. I am looking at my invoice for the labour and it is only 1.5hrs. I think you need to get it on a lift though tp make life easier...
 

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Well, if you run your rad dry, then you risk running into what I suspect caused my cracked block. Please dont procrastinate on this one as I would hate to read three weeks from now why you get cold air out of the vents, fluctuationg idle, rising temp needle, etc.

Your cooling system is a very important part of your car and it must not be neglected. I guess if you watch it it might be ok... but what if you get stuck in rush hour and you cannot get your car safely to the side of the road. All it takes is one good overheat, and maybe just even running it hot, to blow your HG.

I know it sux forking out the bucks, but it will pay off for you I guarantee it...:)
 

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It is not that hard to replace the RAD yourself. I replaced mine just a few months ago and did it myself :D I would make sure that you have some stands to place the the front end of your can on after you jack it up. You need to remove the engine gaurd under the car. Once you do that you can get to everything from there. Good luck and let me know how it goes.

I agree with everyone else, do not put it off. It is cheap to fix and will only take a couple of hours.
 

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REPLACE THAT RAD ASAP

Mine cracked and like a dumbass waited a long time before replacing it. Now I have a blown headgasket. Pay your $300 for a new one and not $2000 for a head gasket repair job.

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The guys are right on! Replace the radiator, Modine makes a good OEM type one. Cost of radiator and install < 2 bills, to do it yourself about 150 depending on the price of the Rad.

Check out radiator.com. Cuz although the temperature may be fine now, it can go up quick especially with summer round the corner. Good luck.
 

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Stupid question, but how do you know when there's a crack in the radiator? Is it obvious? I mean, if you don't see coolant outside the radiator, is it same to think there is no crack?
 

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Roger said:
can u get a radiator for our car that isnt plastic??
Yes.... Aluminum I think...but I heard that one member was not to impressed with it. I also heard that a couple of them were happy with it. I am not sure where you can get it, but I think they are called performance radiators or something, and they are on the web.

EK....Some of the cracks that develop are hairline, and they cannot be seen. If you inspect the plastic for a white crust on the top tank, and you see some, I think that that is burnt rad juice that has seeped out through a small crack. Also, if you are getting rising temperature guage and other symptoms, it may be an early warning indicator to a future HG problem, so get it fixed...
 
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