replace radiator? - Jeep Wrangler Forum
Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > TJ Jeep Wrangler Forum > TJ Tech Forum

Join Wrangler Forum Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on WranglerForum.com
Old 05-07-2005, 01:02 PM   #1
Shake 'n Bake

WF Lifetime Member
 
khenderson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: PHX
Posts: 1,344
Send a message via ICQ to khenderson Send a message via AIM to khenderson Send a message via Yahoo to khenderson
replace radiator?

my heep has 124K on it and the radiator has just started to leak, and as far as i know, it's the factory original. should i just replace it or try to track down the leak and see if i can fix it? checked connections at the hoses and it doesn't look like it's coming from there, but that's about as far as i got for now. i can get a new one from radiator barn for 127.43 shipped. what do you all think?

__________________
I'ma come at your like a spider monkey!


khenderson is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-07-2005, 07:00 PM   #2
Jeeper
 
amerijeep's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Mississippi.
Posts: 3,951
I'm thinking you can have that radiator reworked for about $30. I haven't had one done in a few years, but it usually quite reasonable. I'd check with a radiator shop and see what they say.

__________________
To all who serve, Thank You.
amerijeep is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-07-2005, 07:24 PM   #3
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 17
Well, I don't know what model radiator you have, if you have the infamous one with the plastic top you should replace it, if it is one of the beefier ones you can try and fix the leak.
__________________
97 TJ, 4.11, 3" BD lift, 33" x 10.5" BFG M/T, Truetrac in back.
odanny is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-08-2005, 01:50 PM   #4
Shake 'n Bake

WF Lifetime Member
 
khenderson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: PHX
Posts: 1,344
Send a message via ICQ to khenderson Send a message via AIM to khenderson Send a message via Yahoo to khenderson
i don't know what i've got either, but i've got a 97 se, so i'm sure that i have the one with the plastic top, and I have heard absolutely wonderful things about it. that's one of the reasons i was pondering replacing it rather than looking to get it fixed.
__________________
I'ma come at your like a spider monkey!


khenderson is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-08-2005, 07:03 PM   #5
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by khenderson
i don't know what i've got either, but i've got a 97 se, so i'm sure that i have the one with the plastic top, and I have heard absolutely wonderful things about it. that's one of the reasons i was pondering replacing it rather than looking to get it fixed.
All I can say is that I'm surprised the original lasted that long! Mine did not make it over 30K miles.
__________________
97 TJ, 4.11, 3" BD lift, 33" x 10.5" BFG M/T, Truetrac in back.
odanny is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-09-2005, 09:52 AM   #6
WF Graphics Bitch
 
JeepCrawler98's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Tucson, AZ
Posts: 544
Send a message via AIM to JeepCrawler98
I've got a 110K on my factory original in my SE - it's not leaking, but I need to replace it soon since it's not working as well as it used to. You can't get the radiators with the plastic tanks redone - it's not something the avg. radiator shop can re-crimp on there. The radiatorbarn price seems like a really good one - that is of course, if it's also a good radiator that will keep its cool in 4-lo.
__________________
//1998 Jeep TJ {'4\"', 'TFLX LAT', 'AA HD SYE', 'HF 8000Lb', 'LockRight', 'Armor', 'Body mods', 'Misc Mods' = 'true' };
JeepCrawler98 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-11-2005, 09:41 PM   #7
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
daddyjeep's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Smethport, PA
Posts: 2,438
I read an article on another forum where someone used a Griffin aluminum race car radiator to replace the factory unit. It is a fraction of the cost of an aftermarket aluminum radiator designed for your Jeep but will cool just as well. You will have to fab some brackets. but nothing major. If you have a manual trans you can get r done for less than $200. You can get a tranny cooler for another $50 or so if needed. griffinrad.com part number 1-26182-x $184. That is for a YJ, but it should work for a TJ, just check the measurements.
__________________
87 YJ, 5.2/46RH/NP231, Custom 4 link/ Radius Arms, Ballistic Nitrogen Shocks, 35" Cooper STT DaddyJeep build Thread:http://www.wranglerforum.com/f8/dadd...ld-122601.html
daddyjeep is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-11-2005, 10:25 PM   #8
Shake 'n Bake

WF Lifetime Member
 
khenderson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: PHX
Posts: 1,344
Send a message via ICQ to khenderson Send a message via AIM to khenderson Send a message via Yahoo to khenderson
racing radiator, huh? that seems like it would handle 4LO sufficiently. may have to look into that.
__________________
I'ma come at your like a spider monkey!


khenderson is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-11-2005, 11:09 PM   #9
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
daddyjeep's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Smethport, PA
Posts: 2,438
I saw the article on JeepWire.com
__________________
87 YJ, 5.2/46RH/NP231, Custom 4 link/ Radius Arms, Ballistic Nitrogen Shocks, 35" Cooper STT DaddyJeep build Thread:http://www.wranglerforum.com/f8/dadd...ld-122601.html
daddyjeep is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 06-08-2005, 11:43 AM   #10
Newb
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Missouri
Posts: 13
I have the leak on both 2000 Tjs one is at 60k and the other at 50k, after looking around on other sites it seems to be a common problem. I got replys that the top and bottom are plastic held to the metal core by tabs bent over, they lossen up over time (short time) and can be bent back a little tighter but they will loosen up again through normal expansion and contraction, I have not tried to bend them back fearing I'll crack the plastic. Thus a recorse is to replace the OEM plastic one an inexpensive site I was directed to (raditorbarn.com) sales 2 and 3 core rads about 130 and 160 I think and shipping is included. Not a bad price considering some Ive seen at 2-3 hundred others gave good review of the place I have not yet bought one trying to get evry mile out of the old ones.
LArry200TJ is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 06-08-2005, 02:32 PM   #11
Shake 'n Bake

WF Lifetime Member
 
khenderson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: PHX
Posts: 1,344
Send a message via ICQ to khenderson Send a message via AIM to khenderson Send a message via Yahoo to khenderson
thanks guys.....i tried to make it on a road trip, but it blew up on me. replaced it with a stock one and found that the other had a HUGE crack along the underside of the top cap. but all is good now and my baby is no longer sick.
__________________
I'ma come at your like a spider monkey!


khenderson is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 06-15-2005, 10:02 AM   #12
Newb
 
Lugnut's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Olathe Kansas
Posts: 6
Check with DPGOFFROAD. They have some good deals on replacement radiators. Several members of our club have gotten radiators from them.
__________________
Jim
01 TJ Sport, 4.0L Auto, D30/35 3.07s, 32" BFG MT KMs, 2" BB, JKS Quicker Discos, PA 1"BL, Currie MML, Modified air tube with K&N filter, Flowmaster 40 muffler, Magnaflow converter, IPF H4 Headlights, Bobbed front bumper, Kilby steering skid, Hi-Lift, CB , Alpine, Sony, JL Audio, more to come....

Hello, my name is Jim; and I am a Jeepaholic.

Ever notice that when you're stuck everyone knows how to get your rig out; but you.

Lugnut is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 06-21-2005, 04:43 PM   #13
Jeeper
 
Buster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Western Pa.
Posts: 168
Mine started to leak at about 82k on my 99TJ, so I just replaced it...didn't seem worth screwing around with it. My wife's is still OEM on her 97TJ with about 75k on it...my .02
Buster is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 07-28-2007, 04:14 PM   #14
Newb
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 5
I've got an '01 TJ and mine started leaking at 42K miles. It was leaking at the plastic to metal connection. I replaced it with an aluminum Griffin radiator that I got from Novak Adapters. (www.novak-adapt.com) My Griffin radiator has a cooler in the bottom so I can run the engine oil through it. Still have to buy a kit to make that happen.
tlucier is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 07-28-2007, 04:16 PM   #15
Newb
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 5
Showin' my newb status...just realized I replied to a FAQ that is 2 years old.
tlucier is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 07-28-2007, 04:57 PM   #16
Pushy, Loudmouthed, and Ballsy
 
Dare2BSquare's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Driving Around Arkansas In My Black XJ
Posts: 6,177
Going back and reading threads is a good way to learn and catch up on the forum. IMO it's better than just posting away on a topic that has been covered numerous times.

Either way, it's all good...we're here to talk jeeps and old subjects are just as good as any!
__________________
99 XJ Sport
4.0l
AW4
NP231
d30/C8.25
3" Skyjacker lift
31 x 10.50 General Grabbers


http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h2...are/TMLogo.gif Are all fishermen liars, or do only liars fish?
Dare2BSquare is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 09-21-2007, 11:55 PM   #17
Jeeper
 
machine's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: lajes field, terceira, azores
Posts: 93
Send a message via Yahoo to machine
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dare2BSquare View Post
Going back and reading threads is a good way to learn and catch up on the forum. IMO it's better than just posting away on a topic that has been covered numerous times.

Either way, it's all good...we're here to talk jeeps and old subjects are just as good as any!

well then i might as well also.

just got my 98 tj 4cyl and the next day my rads leakin all over the place. mileage at 147k. and btw that dang g-05 was hard to find. had to go to pep boys half an hour to next town and pay $12 a bottle!
machine is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 09-26-2007, 10:51 PM   #18
Jeeper
 
99 AZSahara's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Arizona
Posts: 25
assume u fixed leak?

I had a leak on my 99 4.0 at about 40k. It was leaking from the top and they were able to fix it. 30k later it leaked again so I replaced it myself took about 3 hours.
99 AZSahara is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 09-27-2007, 09:50 AM   #19
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 149
if you end up buying a new radiator check where its maid from cause i got one from thailand and it broke with in 3 months
dweebster is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 10-22-2007, 10:26 AM   #20
Jeeper
 
98TJ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Vestal
Posts: 127
FYI- I had a leak for a while on my 98 4L. problem was actually a little deeper than the radiator itself. The thermo was stuck in the closed position creating high pressure and heat in the top of the radiator. it actually rusted out the metal cap on the plastic radiator and was leaking from there. i would suggest to anyone replacing theirs to inspect or replace the thermo anyway. mine was like $10 for the 195degree thermo. also replace it during the day since 2am is not so fun.
98TJ is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 07-19-2009, 07:27 AM   #21
Jeeper
 
islandmonkey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: GA
Posts: 258
I was excited to come and see radiator work but admins just put a conversation here. I thought there would be pictures of radiator work or something.........
__________________
2000 Wrangler, with tires,steering wheel, horn, gas tank, head lights
islandmonkey is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 07-19-2009, 01:29 PM   #22
Jack Lives Here!!!

WF Supporting Member
 
1BLKJP's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Posts: 7,764
Quote:
Originally Posted by islandmonkey View Post
I was excited to come and see radiator work but admins just put a conversation here. I thought there would be pictures of radiator work or something.........
That's because this thread was started in 2005.
__________________
Thanks,
Jack Hickman

President - Arizona Off-Highway Vehicle Coalition
Vice-President - ASA4WDC
Arizona Rock Rats
1BLKJP is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 12-12-2009, 05:24 PM   #23
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Lafayette, LA
Posts: 23
My 99's radiator blew up a few months ago @ about 58K. I replaced it with an Autozone special.
wiper1015 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 04-04-2010, 11:30 PM   #24
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: alstead, NH
Posts: 83
Images: 3
still have stock rad. with 160,000 miles and still going
2003wranglerRHD is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 04-06-2010, 03:02 PM   #25
MCG
Jeeper
 
MCG's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Tampa
Posts: 541
Mine has a tiny leak and in winter when is cold I can hear a whistle.
I fixed with the Leak thing that they have at the autoparts store but only last ffor a six months.
I planing on getting an alluminum one. I think is a good $500 investment.
In the mean time I will just keep adding coolant once a month or twice a day if I go Off Roading!!!

BTW TJ has 135k and yes the radiator is the original.
__________________
2000 Sahara
MCG is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 04-06-2010, 04:40 PM   #26
Jeeper
 
EdJonesJeeper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Western NC
Posts: 1,005
99 Sahara with radiator thats been leaking for 3 yrs. Everytime I put fluid in the overflow it drains out in a couple weeks. But has never gone hot and I drive 40+ miles every day. I like the racing radiator idea.
173k org miles, org radiator
EdJonesJeeper is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 07-14-2010, 12:18 PM   #27
Newb
 
CopperCrawler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 4
Mine started leaking about six months ago. I read somewhere to put some black pepper in it. They said the black pepper doesn't plug up the heater core, etc like most stop leaks, but it does stop the radiator from leaking. And it had some benefits to the system that I don't remember.

Since I didn't (and still don't) have the money to replace the radiator yet, I tried it. Hasn't leaked since, temp guage still shows the same temp, heater still works fine.

99 Sport w/105,000 mi and original radiator.

Chuck
CopperCrawler is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-02-2010, 05:34 PM   #28
Jeeper
 
EdJonesJeeper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Western NC
Posts: 1,005
Purchased Champion Cooling 3 row and I'll post some pics for the install come Friday for "toys for rocks" saturday event.
__________________
99' TJ Sahara d44 on 35's
EdJonesJeeper is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-02-2010, 05:39 PM   #29
Jeeper
 
530ktm's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Southern California
Posts: 3,733
Images: 3
This thread is older than my radiator.
530ktm is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 01-20-2012, 11:27 AM   #30
Jeeper
 
dr_donahue's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Norwich, CT
Posts: 31
Quote:
Originally Posted by 530ktm View Post
This thread is older than my radiator.
Lol love it.

Anyways bringing this zombie thread back lol. My radiator is on it's last life I think. I just hit 130K on the stock radiator and it's going through coolant about once a month and to add to the issues, brown gunk it building up in it, not sure if it's a head gasket leaking oil into it or what. There's no puddle's underneath when park so not sure where it's leaking.

Also heat from the vents is luke warm, I have to keep the fan at 2 since at 1 I won't feel the heat and at 3 or higher, it's blowing too fast to feel the heat, just cool air...

Should I just replace the radiator or just the hoses (and thermostat) right now? How much should I expect a normal shop (read: not a dealership) to charge me for a radiator replacement?

Thanks fellow Jeepers

__________________
dr_donahue is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Jeep Wrangler Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Electric fan coversion slf41002 TJ Tech Forum 390 02-10-2013 07:32 PM
Temperature Problem - Better Radiator ? nicolas-eric TJ Tech Forum 44 09-10-2008 02:08 PM
Which Replacement Radiator ? nicolas-eric TJ Tech Forum 0 09-02-2008 03:47 PM
radiator...quetions...1990 yj 4.2 automatic BILLYWALTON YJ Tech Forum 5 02-03-2007 07:35 PM
bump *clunk* ??? bmanrkg3 TJ General Discussion Forum 18 08-24-2006 12:27 AM



» Featured Product

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:09 AM.



Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC