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Old 01-11-2014, 05:52 PM   #1
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Will she make it?

Alright...like a lot of us, my radiator has started to leak due to the construction of it (leaking at the plastic).

I have since driven my rig 850 miles one way to visit my parents whom i havent seen in 3 years...anyway, i'm currently here in Iowa and its taking longer for the vehicle to warm up and it doesnt hold temp as well (will get cold a lot faster).

When i get back to Denver i plan to do some maintenance to my rig which includes installing a new radiator...

so, my question is do you think she will make it back to Denver?? There is still coolant in the radiator itself and some in the overflow reservoir...leakage will be about a 4 square inch if i let it sit for a while without running it...

I dont have the option to install the radiator here in Iowa due to lack of tools at my parents house and i really dont want to pay a shop to do something i could do in my garage at home.

Thoughts and opinions much appreciated!

If it matters, the maintenance i'll be doing when i get back includes:

Oil change
Plug change
Radiator install
Thermostat install
Serpentine belt change
Possible idler pulley install (developed a whine after the trip here)

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Old 01-11-2014, 06:20 PM   #2
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I would change the radiator it sucks to be stuck in the middle of no where. Besides a tow would cost a lot more if it breaks and you'll still have to fix it

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It might make it stop @ Rest Areas Frequently & check Coolant level in the Bottle Keep it topped off,Do not continue to drive it if it overheats!
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Old 01-11-2014, 06:26 PM   #4
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Thats not really an option, though...

The parts place is open so i could get the radiator but there isnt a shop open to do it and i dont have tools here to do it myself...plus, i get a 25% discount on parts back in denver which i dont get here in Iowa.

Mainly just wanting some opinions on if she will make it another 850 miles back to denver...made it here fine but little more nervous about the trip back on Monday (leaving at 6am monday).

@miller - thanks...thats kinda what i'm thinking as well and i'll just monitor it the whole way back. I just need to get to my place and i'll fix everything but just getting there is the issue haha
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That's a long trip. Having replaced my radiator and water pump recently my opinion is....1 monitor your temp levels. Obviously you'll know if it's abnormally over heating. 2 check the reservoir throughout the trip. Take pit stops. 3 I drove with a leaking radiator for ~400 miles while I was waiting for a new radiator. The blown water pump was a drastic and immediate replacement. If it is just your radiator I would go for the trip just be CAUTIOUS and make plenty of pit stops to check everything. Good luck!
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Pitstops aren't too hard haha...I can only make it like 200 miles a tank so I'll just monitor and hope for the best!
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Pitstops aren't too hard haha...I can only make it like 200 miles a tank so I'll just monitor and hope for the best!
In my opinion... You should have no problem making it back, watch your temp make frequent stops, and make sure both are topped off with coolant. Good luck bro!
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Old 01-11-2014, 08:13 PM   #8
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In my opinion... You should have no problem making it back, watch your temp make frequent stops, and make sure both are topped off with coolant. Good luck bro!
I 100% agree. Would recommend bringing antifreeze not the 50/50 crap 100 percent and a couple gallons of distilled water. Those radiators will last years leaking from experience. It shouldn't leave you stranded. I think the plastic and metal expand and contract at different rates causing a leak eventually. Not a hole or anything just a little gap. I drove from Alaska to St. Louis with a leaking water pump. Was moving and had no tools or place to work like you. I just used distilled water as it was summer and pollution reasons. Keep it topped off and your good to go and smelling sweet!
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You might make it but do you want to risk having the radiator failing 400 miles from either home?? You only need a rachet and I think a half inch socket, a pair of plyers and I think I stubby Philips screwdriver. You could pick them all up for cheap at sears or other store.
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Old 01-11-2014, 09:08 PM   #10
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Call me crazy, but I took my wife's 05 town & country from Houston to Dallas & back after dumping in half a bottle of bars leak. Over the past summer I'd fill the radiator every week or so, has a leak near the top.

Usually only drive it within 15 miles or so from the house, but this stuff seemed to stop the leak. Since it usually stays close to home I've not entertained the idea of swapping the radiator since the van is worth less than $2k and the radiator will cost $300+ and we're looking to git rid of it anyway.

I'd make sure the temp gauge doesn't have any issues. In college, the stock temp gauge stuck and my water pump went out. Ended up cracking a head, costing me $1500.
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Not crazy you just know radiators usually leak slow not explode.
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You should visit your parents more often !
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I would buy the tools and fix it before I leave.
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i would make the drive just take more fluid that you think you need! you never know it could start leaking faster on the drive and it's better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it
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I would not worry about topping off with expensive coolant. Just use water. You are going to be dropping it anyway changing the rad.
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I would not worry about topping off with expensive coolant. Just use water. You are going to be dropping it anyway changing the rad.
If parked overnight during the trip or once home and below freezing temps are encountered this could be bad. If it was June I would just use water. In January I would keep some coolant in there.
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sounds good everyone...

i'll be leaving tomorrow (monday the 13th) at 6am and should arrive back in Denver around 6pm.

As for visiting more...yes, i know lol. My parents think that as well! Just expensive to make the trip back and since i have dogs i have to find someone to watch them for me. Luckily everything worked out so i was able to come back and visit.
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She made it!! Didn't have any troubles...first stop after 200 miles the reservoir was out but the remainder of the trip was without issue. I'll be changing out parts on Tuesday or Wednesday but yeah...made it!
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Now go buy a tool kit and keep it in your Jeep for road trips to your parents. I think you may have gotten lucky.
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Now go buy a tool kit and keep it in your Jeep for road trips to your parents. I think you may have gotten lucky.
Very true!! I have a awesome tool set up in my jeep!!

Its good that you made it !!
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Glad you made it buddy!!! I know I was a fix it first but I'm very happy you made it and you will get the discount getting the parts at you local place!! Keep on truckin...
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Great to hear you made it home!! You should get your dad some tools for his birthday.
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Old 01-14-2014, 05:22 PM   #25
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Very true!! I have a awesome tool set up in my jeep!!

Its good that you made it !!
Haha...see, the thing is i always have a dedicated craftsman tool kit in the back..right behind the passenger seat. Turns out the girlfriend decided she needed more room for her bag behind the seat and removed it. Its now back in the jeep lol

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Glad you made it buddy!!! I know I was a fix it first but I'm very happy you made it and you will get the discount getting the parts at you local place!! Keep on truckin...
Agreed...i made the parts list for everything i need and will be getting everything tomorrow. I decided to sleep in today since yesterday was a 13 hour drive. It was also snowing a bit so decided to just put it off for a day.

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Great to hear you made it home!! You should get your dad some tools for his birthday.
I've gotten him tools for his birthday and christmas! My brother has taken them and lost them. Long story about my brother. But yeah, i'll just have to get him some more!

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