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Old 04-29-2010, 09:30 AM
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Radiator HATES ME

My 2000 TJ I-6 was leaking a few drops of radiator fluid. I'm about to move 1,000 miles to Tallahassee FL. Long story short... the shop said I had to replace 1)thermostat, 2)serpentine belt 3)gasket 4)radiator.
$$727.00 to fix everything.
My question is... Did I get hosed? Could I have gotten by with a cheaper fix, and risk not replacing radiator?
Or is the risk too great at blowing the engine and having major repair problems?

Thanks for any input
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omg dude that's nuts pick up the parts your self an do it its not that hard!!!!!!!!!! this rad. is good and cheap the other stuff would be like 60 dollars at the most!!!!!! so save yourself $400 dollars and do it yourself

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Old 04-29-2010, 09:44 AM   #3
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Idk, but I'm gonna guess that you could have just replaced the rad. I hear they are plastic and crack pretty easy... Mine was dripping a little and my buddy tightened up a thingy on it and it doesn't leak any more.

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LOLLERS .. "thingy" being the technical term of course.

Did they SHOW you where the leak was?
You can replace all of that yourself and save a boatload of cash.
I notice that they are replacing everything BUT the hoses. May as well do them at the same time. You'll likely crack a few knuckles but you'll be better off.

I did a quick check at Autozone online

Radiator (base unit) $155
Upper & lower Hoses $34
Thermostat $9
Gasket $4
Belt $17-$31

That comes up to about $233 WITH new hoses.

Keep in mind that I just browsed quickly through. You may want an upgraded radiator or I may have guessed wrong on the exact parts. Point being, for a few hours of your time, you can save around $500!

uh oh, I just realized that it is too late.

Don't let it bother you and don't beat yourself up over it.
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I just had my 04 rubicon water pump replaced. It had busted a seal after a coolent flush.

It really depends where it is leaking. Usually they are easy to find however, if it appears that it's leaking from the front block it's your water pump.

Set me back 200.00 for parts and install.
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Old 04-29-2010, 12:55 PM   #6
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all thats easy to do to do yourself. i replaced all that including the water pump and it didn't cost anywhere near that. i'm non mechanical but there are enough right ups that you can easily do it yourself.
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Do it yourself. I would spring for an aluminum radiator that carries a warranty so you won't have to worry about it in the future.

I run Mishimoto radiators in my track car(s), and never once had an issue. I went over to their site to search for you and found that they actually have a radiator for the TJ Link. Now, I need to convince them to make a YJ application!
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with doing yourself, you'll need a bin/bucket/drainpan/etc... something big enough to hold 3-5 gallons of anti-freeze when you drain it all out. And, don't re-use it. Some people I've known to do that... its cheap enough, go new when your all back together.

Also get hose clamps to match what is in there, before you take 'em off incase they break in the process.
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Really depends on your set of skills and how much you are able to do.
For a business man who makes 50-100K a year + bonuses this would be a small set back.
To a guy like myself it would be a wind knocked out of me....Lol!

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OP, any updates?

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