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Old 04-22-2014, 06:08 PM   #1
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TONS of Radiator Issues

I'm having A LOT of radiator troubles lately. I have a 1998 Wrangler Sport. Its an automatic & has the 4.0L I6. I found antifreeze on the underside of my hood this morning. This is my 4th radiator. I have a new belt, new harmonic balancer, new radiator cap (a fancy one too), a brand new head gasket, and a new thermostat; which i got ALL of that not even a month ago. So i don't think there should be anything wrong with it, but radiator fluid is coming from somewhere.
I just dropped it off at the shop again today.
I've been having coolant system issues (i.e. busted radiator, faulty cap, busted head gasket) like this for the past 3 or 4 months. I'm getting tired of forking out money on it & it not being fixed all of the way.
Anyone have any guesses on what in the heck is wrong with my Jeep?

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Old 04-22-2014, 06:29 PM   #2
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Have you checked the coolant bypass tube? Should be a gasket on it. Believe it's located by the thermostat housing.

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Old 04-22-2014, 10:56 PM   #3
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Have you checked the coolant bypass tube? Should be a gasket on it. Believe it's located by the thermostat housing.
Never even heard of that before. But no i haven't, I'll call my mechanic & see if he'll check it out. Thanks man
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How many miles do you have on your Jeep and what kind of radiators have you been replacing?
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Old 04-23-2014, 12:24 AM   #5
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Radiator #1 and Radiator #2

The top radiator #1 had a bad seam. You can tell just by looking at it. The bottom radiator #2 has a good seam. Radiator #1 spewed coolant every time I turned on the engine.

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Old 04-23-2014, 03:50 PM   #6
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How many miles do you have on your Jeep and what kind of radiators have you been replacing?
I have about 106,000 miles on it, & i asked my mechanic what kind & he said the radiators they use come from NAPA or 1-800-radiator.
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Old 04-23-2014, 04:53 PM   #7
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You replaced the head gasket because of a leaky radiator?

How bad did you overheat your jeep?
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Old 04-23-2014, 04:54 PM   #8
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Is the thermostat working correctly?
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You replaced the head gasket because of a leaky radiator? How bad did you overheat your jeep?
I replaced it because my head gasket busted, because of my Jeep being 16 years old, or because my thermostat was stuck & it made it over heat. But the thermostat is brand new now since it got replaced when i got my new head gasket.
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Old 04-23-2014, 06:23 PM   #10
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I just got my Jeep back from the mechanic. He said they did a pressure test & saw that my hose clamps were broken, so they replaced my pipes & my hose clamps.
I'm sure hoping this is the last time i have to take my jeep to the shop for radiator & coolant trouble.
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Old 04-23-2014, 07:46 PM   #11
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If you let engine overheat enough to damage a head gasket you may have other very serious issues with the engine

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Old 04-24-2014, 03:39 PM   #12
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If you let engine overheat enough to damage a head gasket you may have other very serious issues with the engine Good Luck
That is true. I will say though, when i gave my Jeep to my mechanic, he sent it off to a machine shop to replace the head gasket & evaluate the engine for more damage (like a cracked or warped head, & such things), but the only thing they found what was wrong with it was a blown head gasket & nothing else. All though, that head gasket costed me several radiators, a thermostat & other things, but i believe we have fixed everything (hopefully).
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Old 04-30-2014, 09:32 PM   #13
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Keep us updated on the fixes. I hope for the best.
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Old 05-04-2014, 03:51 PM   #14
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My radiator busted again. A substantial & steady amount of fluid is leaking out.
I cranked it up, & noticed it was squeaking so i pulled over & checked underneath it & it was leaking out. So i drove home (which wasn't far; probably around 200 yards away) & its now parked in my drive way. I was planning a week of no top & no doors since there is a 0% chance of rain until Friday here!
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Old 05-04-2014, 08:14 PM   #15
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How about your water pump? Have you checked it out?
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Old 05-04-2014, 10:01 PM   #16
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How about your water pump? Have you checked it out?
I had that replaced bot too long ago. Just a few months i believe
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Old 05-04-2014, 10:36 PM   #17
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Maybe the radiators have been poorly constructed, champion makes nice radiators, believe that the one I got for my yj was under 200 and is all aluminum

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