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Old 05-06-2012, 09:41 PM   #1
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Leaking Radiator Question.

Noticed my radiator has been leaking on the top by the plastic cap my last oil change (Feb timeframe). Went to change my oil today and checked it, my fluid level is still full, so I'm not sure im loosing much coolant. I decided to swap my radiator out soon either way. I found a Spectra brand for $94 on Amazon and Shepherd brand for $65. Anyone ever used these? If not what other brands you recommend? Also when I do the swap any other parts I should replace? Thanks!

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I recently swapped my radiator not too long ago. Mine was leaking around the top and it got to a point where it was steaming pretty badly while driving. I'm thankful I got it replaced in time. I bought a radiator from an Advanced Autoparts, and it came with lifetime warranty. I think it was about 95-100$. Install went pretty easy. The only things I bought were the radiator and fluid.





It was suggested to me that I replace all the factory "squeeze clamps" with the kind you tighten with a flat head (I can't remember what they're called, Show's how much I know! :P LOL). I did not replace any of them. Until.... the hose connecting to my transmission started leaking. So I would suggest to do so and replace all the clamps while you're at it.

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Also when I do the swap any other parts I should replace? Thanks!
Flush the cooling system first. Replace radiator hoses, transmission hoses (if applicable), radiator cap. Also a great time for a new thermostat. Plan on loosing a pint of ATF.
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It was suggested to me that I replace all the factory "squeeze clamps" with the kind you tighten with a flat head
Why? Those constant pressure clamps don't tend to wear out.

That said, they don't work very well on the Advance Auto lower hose nipple, due to its "double bead" design.
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I found a Spectra brand for $94 on Amazon ...
The Spectra has a two-year warranty. You can get a Vista Pro from Advance with a lifetime warranty for just a few dollars more. (Code VISA will get you $50 off a $150 online order.)

Neither Spectra nor Vista Pro are top-of-the-line radiators, but they get the job done. Amazon is great, but warranty service (after 30 days) isn't one of their strong suits.
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You can get the spectra one from autozone as well with lifetime warranty. Installed it in mine and it's worked fine so far. I also changed out my Tstat and water pump while everything was out. Installed a T-valve flush kit and flushed it real good before I started the swap.

Many very knowledgable members here suggest that you stick with a mopar radiator like your old one. They can be found for around $205 with shipping at wermopar.com.
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You can get the spectra one from autozone as well with lifetime warranty.
Sure you can. But at what price?

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Many very knowledgable members here suggest that you stick with a mopar radiator like your old one.
From all indications, the Mopar radiators don't have a great track record when it comes to longevity. My original TJ radiator cracked a tank after only 9 years and 70k miles in service. (I have a 30 year-old radiator in a Mercedes and a 25 year-old radiator in a AMC Jeep still going strong.)
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They can be found for around $205 with shipping at wermopar.com.
A Mopar radiator for a 4.0L & automatic transmission is $260.15 delivered. At that price level, I would upgrade to a Griffin or Drake, etc.
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Sure you can. But at what price?



From all indications, the Mopar radiators don't have a great track record when it comes to longevity. My original TJ radiator cracked a tank after only 9 years and 70k miles in service. (I have a 30 year-old radiator in a Mercedes and a 25 year-old radiator in a AMC Jeep still going strong.)
Autozone accepts competitors coupons, so I used a coupon from advanced auto that gave me like $30 off any purchase over $150. The Spectra premium was $158, so that brought it down to $128 if I remember correctly. I too first ordered the Spectra Premium off of Amazon for $96 shipped to me but it got here damaged and I had to return it. I'll pay an extra $30 to autozone if I can drive up there and have it replaced anytime if it fails or leaks. I also had $20 in autozone rewards so it was actually only ~$115 after tax.

As for the Mopar radiator, they have proven to cool the best without upgrading and spending a lot more (I went with a Mopar STYLE radiator). In my research trying to find a new radiator, I read a TON of complaints about other aftermarket radiators leaking after a very little amount of time. Do your research, and many reputable members will tell you that the Mopar radiator is the way to go.

Not telling anyone what to do, or that you NEED to buy a mopar radiator (I obviously didn't, but mine is the same style). I decided to spend 1/2 the money and get the Spectra. I'm just telling the results of my research.

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