Originally posted by RAP
The radiators installed on many cars today have a top and bottom made of plastic and the materiel cracks.
Yes, One of my friend is a mechanic works at Acura dealer. He now take care of my
car for me. The first time he checked on my car, he removed the metal clip (screw on)
in the middle of the back of the radiator.
He told me that the clip is used to support the small hose but over the time, the
vibration is known to crack the radiator and causing the hair line to crack and leak.
He told me NOT to put the clip back and the 2 little hose doesn't really need the clip to support them.
The process is: when the radiator leaks (bad radiatior design, unavoidable) then
the engine overheat and causes the blow out head gasket.
I replaced the radiator when it first started to leak (I kept good eyes on them)
and I never had any overheating problem.