|07-27-2014 01:07 AM|
|ERV98TJ||Well it has been almost four years now that I have the Champion EC2101 all aluminum 2 core radiator, works great with no problems. Ordered it online in Lake Elsinore, CA it was a simple install. At the same time I did change the water pump, thermostat, hoses, and gave it a good flush. Added coolant fluid and additive to keep the aluminum from corroding. Now the Sept 2014 issue of JP ran an article called "two hour cool down- easy Wrangler radiator swap" by Pete Trasborg, using the same exact Champion radiator as a replacement install. Only difference I paid under 200 for mine through a different company with shipping at that time. It has been a great radiator swap for me!|
|07-23-2014 05:27 PM|
Since this is the radiator thread, here's the old decrepit one out of my '98 Wrangler:
|04-06-2014 07:31 PM|
|01-18-2014 01:17 AM|
|Majnoon||Had my jeep since new. Owned a factory obviously. It leaked slowly almost it's whole life. Had a Griffen. Was a pos lasted less than 6 months. Had a drake it was just as big a pos. got a Napa now and it has impressed and was cheap. Aluminum core. Plastic tanks. I don't recommend stuff often but this radiator was flawless when I lived in Alaska so it's the king to me.|
|01-17-2014 11:22 PM|
|Gorving3||That's what I'd like to know before I order a new radiator.|
|01-17-2014 06:25 PM|
|01-17-2014 05:25 PM|
|Gorving3||I've read some thoughts that the original factory one-row core has larger tubes and is supposed to cool better than 2/3 row cores with smaller tubes (I think the core can only be just so wide in order to fit any particular vehicle).|
|01-16-2014 12:20 AM|
|jessepalmy||What is the difference between different number of row cores?|
|01-14-2014 11:43 PM|
|Gorving3||Have read several threads concerning the choice of 1, 2, or 3 row cores on the replacement radiators. I'd like to replace my original 2001 leaking 1 row core radiator with an all aluminum one to get away from the plastic tanks but most of them are either 2 or 3 row cores and have been trying to decide about the choice of either 2 or 3 row. Maybe it won't make any difference. Even though my current leaking one has never heated above the center mark on the gauge I want to make sure I don't change that with the wrong radiator.|
|01-14-2014 12:09 AM|
|jessepalmy||Not being picky, but I probably need to replace my radiator and I'd love to hear about steps and pictures of a radiator actually being replaced. If anybody reads this before the summer, post some pictures!|
|06-04-2012 07:16 PM|
|05-28-2012 01:06 PM|
|05-28-2012 11:32 AM|
|05-28-2012 11:31 AM|
|Walkingstick||I've got 130k miles on my TJ's factory radiator. Recently flushed it. Going strong!|
|05-27-2012 11:35 PM|
|Amped||also didnt see page 2. lol|
|05-27-2012 11:33 PM|
cant help ya with your questions DrDonahue, and since they were from january i'm assuming you may have solved the problem anyway. I havent fixed mine yet either, i had a different thread where i asked a few questions about it. mostly answered my questions. although my rad leaks, it doesnt overheat. I just am between a rock and a hard places because i dont want to spend the money to begin with, and if i AM going to fix it, i'd rather throw an all metal beast in there that will cost me 300$. and that money isnt just laying around lately.
also cheers to a 7 year old thread. still not as old as my radiator though ..12 years 120000 miles and it just leaks a little.
|04-27-2012 11:33 PM|
|02-10-2012 02:16 AM|
|dystaan||I have replaced my radiator on my tj for the second time in 2 years, leaking between the tank and core|
|02-10-2012 01:00 AM|
|ERV98TJ||Well i had 173,000mi on the original radiator in my 98 TJ before I started noticing i had a slight leak on the bottom area between the fins and tank. Previous owner was using just plain water in the radiator - so the inside was pretty well rotted- (distilled water is always better in the mix). Decided to replace it with an all aluminum radiator- runs much cooler now! Best decision in my opinion- going aluminum!|
|01-20-2012 12:27 PM|
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
|08-02-2010 06:39 PM|
|530ktm||This thread is older than my radiator.|
|08-02-2010 06:34 PM|
|EdJonesJeeper||Purchased Champion Cooling 3 row and I'll post some pics for the install come Friday for "toys for rocks" saturday event.|
|07-14-2010 01:18 PM|
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.
|04-06-2010 05:40 PM|
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
|04-06-2010 04:02 PM|
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.
|04-05-2010 12:30 AM|
|2003wranglerRHD||still have stock rad. with 160,000 miles and still going|
|12-12-2009 06:24 PM|
|wiper1015||My 99's radiator blew up a few months ago @ about 58K. I replaced it with an Autozone special.|
|07-19-2009 02:29 PM|
|07-19-2009 08:27 AM|
|islandmonkey||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.........|
|10-22-2007 11:26 AM|
|98TJ||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.|
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