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Old 01-03-2011, 10:34 PM   #1
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5 year aluminum radiator replacement

While reading all the radiator information in the Radiator.com web site I found a paragraph that stated any leaking aluminum radiator should be replaced, and should anyway if its over 5 years old even if its not leaking.
Anyone ever heard of replacing a radiator every 5 years whether its leaking or not? Mine is 9 years old and has been seeping between the plastic tank and the core and was thinking I needed a new radiator but also read that a good repair shop could re-seal the tank with a new gasket. Anyone ever heard of or had this done to an older radiator?

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Old 01-03-2011, 10:39 PM   #2
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That's a bunch of BS to me. Plenty of brand-new vehicles come with aluminum radiator cores, as does our TJ, and there is no five-year replacement schedule for them.

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Old 01-04-2011, 06:01 AM   #3
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^^x2 ^^ and it's just another way for them to make money to make people panic over it
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Old 01-04-2011, 10:29 AM   #4
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lol, I've had my radiator longer than 5 years, it must be trash! my buddy drove 200,000 miles over 15 years before needing to replace his radiator....
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Old 01-04-2011, 10:44 AM   #5
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^^x2 ^^ and it's just another way for them to make money to make people panic over it
That was my very thought when I first read that paragraph. My current one is almost 10 years old and other than seeping a little around the bottom of the top tank it cools just fine, even during hard pulls up the mountain trails. I've had tire companies tell me to buy new tires when my tread depth is 5/32 or less instead of waiting for the tread-wear marks to show up at 2/32. I think that may be a little early but 2/32 may be too long to wait also.
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