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Old 01-01-2011, 09:48 AM   #1
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It's not my radiator, its the stock cooler in front of my rad

What is that thing called?

I've looked up transmission cooler and I don't think that is it. I've replaced my rad, lines even petcock valve in the radiator and I've still got a leak so I'm assuming it's coming from the one row radiator thats in front of the main radiator? I've got a 99' 4.0 manual.

Either that or I'm sending back a radiator that is brand new.

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Old 01-01-2011, 09:54 AM   #2
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What fluid are you leaking? I'm a little confused. is it really little? like 4 inches high or so? or full size? If its big it would be the AC condenser... but I don't think thats what you are talking about. Could be an oil cooler or a tranny cooler.

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I'm def leaking rad fluid. Its almost the same area as the stock radiator except it is one row thick and takes all the bug and tree bashings. It's a sahara with AC if that helps
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Any way you could snap a pic? Is it leaking a lot? Or just a dribble?
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Old 01-01-2011, 10:28 AM   #5
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the A/C condensor is in front of the radiator. if its leaking radiator fluid, your radiator is damaged and leaking down the condensor. if oil is leaking from the condensor, you'd need to replace the condensor and have the system recharged with new oil.
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Old 01-01-2011, 10:32 AM   #6
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Kinda what I was thinking. It COULD be the condenser leaking, the dye that they sometimes put in the oil could be mistaken for coolant. Thats why I was wondering how much was leaking.
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Old 01-01-2011, 10:34 AM   #7
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ok yea its the condensor. And that doesn't have radiator fluid in it correct?

So the radiator I got not to long ago has to be damaged. aaarrhhhhh
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ok yea its the condensor. And that doesn't have radiator fluid in it correct?

So the radiator I got not to long ago has to be damaged. aaarrhhhhh
No the condenser doesn't have radiator fluid, it would have refrigerant and oil in it.
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Is there any way possible you could get some pics of where it's leaking from and some pics of what is leaking?
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Is there any way possible you could get some pics of where it's leaking from and some pics of what is leaking?
Thats what I was looking for too, would make it much easier instead of us having to guess!
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Radiator fluid??
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Radiator fluid??
Yes, otherwise known as coolant or anti-freeze...
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Pics are coming, camera is slow
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That would be the condenser in front there for sure.
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That would be the condenser in front there for sure.
And you saying the condenser does not in any way shape or form have rad. fluid in it correct? It must be a lemon of a rad.
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yup, AC condensor. AC condensor does NOT have any radiator fluid in it. Why would it? It's A/C!!

The A/C condensor has R-134a and compressor oil flowing through it...same as your A/C compressor.

how do you like the champion radiator? does it cool better than stock?

So if you're 100% sure the fluid leaking is coolant, then your radiator is damaged/broken/leaking someplace.
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That is definately the AC condenser, but there isn't any coolant in it, so your rad is leaking somewhere. Do you have acsess to a rad pressure tester? That will tell you where it's leaking. Pump it up to 12-15 lbs and start looking with a flashlite.
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And you saying the condenser does not in any way shape or form have rad. fluid in it correct? It must be a lemon of a rad.
There is no way that it has radiator fluid in it. BUT like I said earlier the oil sometimes has a leak detecting DYE in it that is bright yellow/green, so it could easily be mistaken for radiator fluid.
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X2 what Firehawk said. I have seen A/C detecting dye come out green when there is a leak. Usually a little darker green than the coolant if you are using that type. Does your A/C work properly? Does the A/C clutch engage?
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Old 01-01-2011, 11:29 AM   #22
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how do you like the champion radiator? does it cool better than stock?
Well I'd like it a lot more if it wasnt leaking. The best part was the price and I opted for the 3row. Keeps it about 200-205 deg.

I've emailed the company to see what they say but I have had it more than there 60 day return policy.
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X2 what Firehawk said. I have seen A/C detecting dye come out green when there is a leak. Usually a little darker green than the coolant if you are using that type. Does your A/C work properly? Does the A/C clutch engage?
A/c works fine and there is no doubt its rad. fluid leaking.
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Well, if you are positive, then I guess its gotta be the radiator.
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Old 01-03-2011, 04:39 PM   #25
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Just got off the phone with Rick at Champion Cooling and as rare of a problem that it is for them they are going to replace it no questions asked.

So do I like my Champion Cooling Race Inspired all aluminum Radiator? Yes very much so and now I would deffinatly recomend them.

Easy of instillation, cooling, and looks are all top notch.
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X2 what Firehawk said. I have seen A/C detecting dye come out green when there is a leak. Usually a little darker green than the coolant if you are using that type. Does your A/C work properly? Does the A/C clutch engage?
Yeah and don't get that stupid dye on anything. It never. I repeat never goes away. Never
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Old 01-03-2011, 08:51 PM   #27
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[QUOTE=EdJonesJeeper;957660]Well I'd like it a lot more if it wasnt leaking. The best part was the price and I opted for the 3row.Keeps it about 200-205 deg.
So does my stocker!
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Old 01-07-2011, 06:20 AM   #28
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From the pic it looks like the welds on the hump on the passenger side have a little porosity(sp?) or some bad welds i even made sure to wipe my computer screen and looked again...lol. i hate to hear of someone having radiator trouble cause im about to go pick up my 6th...yes thats right 6th new radiator cause my factory one started leaking at the crimped seal on the top so i bought a new one from a local parts store where my buddy is the manager. well every one so far has been fine for a few months then they all start leaking around the bottom crimped seal...i just swapped to an electric fan this summer so this makes it a huge pain in the a** to change it now...I feel your pain!
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Damn thats too bad it looks like an awesome and expensive rad. IT would probably be easy to find the leak if you pressure tested the rad.
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That's why you want to pony up for an oem rad. 6 rads later? My time is worth much more than the difference in price between an autozone special and the $180 oem replacement.

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