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Old 03-29-2008, 07:16 PM   #1
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I really F-up'ed my radiator

Good news and bad news on the 1" BL... The lift went in easy as heck, not one once of problems...Even had the radiator lowering brackets all set to bolt up the shroud...well the right side needed holes enlarged...no problem, did it once with no incident...next time the bit grabbed and ran thru and punched a hole in the radiator about 4 inches from the top, it leaked some fluid and now has stopped...

Do I need a new radiator?? Can it be fixed?? DANG I was so careful till then...

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Old 03-29-2008, 07:18 PM   #2
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New Radiator. Depending on where you go, you can get them for ~$100.

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Old 03-29-2008, 07:19 PM   #3
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OOH...thats not bad

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..anyway to drive it (repaired) for 2 days till they get one in stock??
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Actually now that I think about it, you might be able to get it repaired at a respectable radiator shop. They might be able to replace the core or just the side tank depending on where the hole is. Might wanna check around.
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its getting harder to repair radiators, everything is disposable now, i believe any radiator with plastic tanks can't be repaired. not 100% on that. definately no temporary fix.
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..anyway to drive it (repaired) for 2 days till they get one in stock??
If you drilled a hole in a tube(where the fins are) you can pinch the tube closed until it doesn't leak to get you by. If the hole is in the side tank then drill and tap it and use some thread sealant on the bolt. Chances are you'd never have a problem with it again as long as it stays sealed.

Carry some extra distilled water and antifreeze in case you spill it out. Watch your temp gauge so you don't over heat.

With all that being said... I'd replace it before I drove it anywhere.
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Its in the fins....I just need it for a day or two and I work 5 minutes from home...any type of sealer at Autozone you can reccomend??


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If you drilled a hole in a tube(where the fins are) you can pinch the tube closed until it doesn't leak to get you by. If the hole is in the side tank then drill and tap it and use some thread sealant on the bolt. Chances are you'd never have a problem with it again as long as it stays sealed.

Carry some extra distilled water and antifreeze in case you spill it out. Watch your temp gauge so you don't over heat.

With all that being said... I'd replace it before I drove it anywhere.
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Its in the fins....I just need it for a day or two and I work 5 minutes from home...any type of sealer at Autozone you can reccomend??
Sealer won't do it. You need a pair of needle nose pliers to roll the tube back onto itself to seal it up. Then crimp it tight.
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in my opinion, if you don't think you got a good handle on what he's saying, don't risk causing bigger problems from a $100 radiator. its great advice, but takes a good understanding of a radiators construction, and even the most knowledgeable might not be able to do it everytime. without being in your position, thats my thought. since your not stuck on a trail, do it right the first time.
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BL pics? Before and after if you've got them.
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go to this link and click *how to*. Find the power video of how to fix a leaky radiator.

http://www.powerblocktv.com/sites/video/powervideo.php
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go to this link and click *how to*. Find the power video of how to fix a leaky radiator.

http://www.powerblocktv.com/sites/video/powervideo.php
very simplified, not bad
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if you end up getting one may i suggest that it be made in USA and not thailand or china cause i had both and they both broke with in 8 months
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Old 03-30-2008, 10:31 AM   #16
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Nonetheless, my radiator has seen better days and so have I if my wife finds out I have to spend even more money now...So I'm F*cked whether it's up or sideways LOL


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I really F-up'ed my radiator QUOTE]

Shouldn't it be F'ed-up othewise it means "f*ck upped" instead of "f*cked up"

sorry, im bored and pedantic tonight
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Since I'm short of cash, I have to use my 4wd credit card... I'm going to get this one sent overnight http://www.4wd.com/productdetails.aspx?partID=12395
One plus side I guess, shipping was $28 on this part but if you spend $200 it's free..so I added my lighted rear view mirror (39.99) and it came out about the same...

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if you end up getting one may i suggest that it be made in USA and not thailand or china cause i had both and they both broke with in 8 months
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Old 03-30-2008, 10:39 AM   #18
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Oh heck yes...just let me get thru this mess first... looks like I could fit 33's as it is from first glance... but I'll let you guys (and my fender wells) be the judge
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BL pics? Before and after if you've got them.
i think you've already asked this before...and not to hijack but here are some before after pics...

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[quote = DiPietro;212806]I really F-up'ed my radiator QUOTE]

Shouldn't it be F'ed-up othewise it means "f*ck upped" instead of "f*cked up"

sorry, im bored and pedantic tonight
it shouldn't be

[quote=DiPietro;212806]I really F-up'ed my radiator QUOTE]

it should be
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Well, I have my new radiator coming tommorow or Wednesday... I can't even feel how it drives with the 1" BL yet... I hate when my Jeep sits idle..
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I can't even feel how it drives with the 1" BL yet... I hate when my Jeep sits idle..
what do you mean you cant even feel how it drives?

also why do u hate when jeep sits at idle?
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Old 03-31-2008, 04:22 PM   #23
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My radiator with a hole is sitting in my garage... I can't drive my Jeep...it is sitting idle... Still... not moving...not in motion...

I don't think the 1" will cause any driving woes, but I can't wait to get it back on the road...



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what do you mean you cant even feel how it drives?

also why do u hate when jeep sits at idle?
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Old 03-31-2008, 05:49 PM   #24
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my jeep didn't drive any different after the 1" BL
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Old 03-31-2008, 07:30 PM   #25
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The main thing is checking the T-Case shifting... I did not install the bracket yet but it did go into 4H sitting still in the driveway, but I need a road test to be sure..


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while you're waiting for your radiator, you might as well check to make sure it goes into 4 Lo too. You do not need to start the jeep. Just get the tranny in neutral to allow the tcase to spin freely on one end and put it in 4 lo. If not you will need to adjust the linkages from underneath the rig.

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