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BigMike 01-01-2006 08:22 PM

Radiator Leak...Any quick solutions?
 
Hey guys...I just saw that my radiator is leaking and it leaked out all the fluid. Well im going to check it out tommorrow morning and was wondering what can i do to check where its leaking from? Are there any tricks or ways i can save time rather than looking through all the hoses and radiator and what not. If you guys can help in any way it will be greatly appreciated. Also what would you guys do in my situtation? Buy some kind of radiator solvent to stop leaks, which i tried before but it just started to leak again. Thanks guys and gals.

daddyjeep 01-01-2006 08:31 PM

I am definately not a fan of those additives that supposedly stop leaks. It is a half ass way of fixing things. There is no easy way of finding the leak. You have to fill it up and look to see where it is drippng. Once in a while it will only leak when it is hot and things start to build pressure. You may need to start it and let it warm up.

daddyjeep 01-01-2006 08:33 PM

If it dumped out all of the fluid like you say it kinda sounds like the water pump. Once you start it up you would see a stream of fluid shooting out of the drivers side of the pump. (I think, that is the side it came out of mine)

doug sperling 01-02-2006 12:46 AM

If you have to add anything to it to stop the leak Pepper is the best thing and it is easy to wash out by the rad repair peaple

BigMike 01-02-2006 02:16 PM

Damn guys....My radiator is leaking without the car even being warmed up or anything, its alot worse than expeceted. Im still trying to figure out where the leak is coming from but its very hard because everything underneath the radiator is soaked in fluid so im not really sure where its comin from. Pepper? Does that really work?

amerijeep 01-02-2006 05:02 PM

Don't piut pepper in your radiator. It's a quick fix if you have an emergency with a small leak. A small leak is not emergency, however, so don't worry about it.

It could be your hoses or your connections are leaking. I'd pull the radiator out and take it to the local radiator shop and have it pressure tested. Replace the hoses no matter what, as they are cheap anyway. Check the weep hole on the water pump and see if it is leaking there. I'd be williing to bet that it's a hose that needs to be replaced to leak like you say though.

Jetcop 01-03-2006 12:01 AM

radiator leak
 
Other than the actual cause....hose down the radiator and clean up the front of engine etc(Hoses, water pump} let dry Make sure the system is full of fluid if at all possible your leak will be apparent....or go to the local auto parts supplier and borrow a pressure tester ......It will simulate a active presssurized system and will usually make the damn leak appear Goooooood luck

BigMike 01-04-2006 02:28 PM

Well im happy to say i found the problem. When i baught it the guy i baught it from said he got a performance fan, i guess its bigger and it has like a manual setting which i dont know how to control but anyway....The screws that held in the bigger fan have bended and twisted out causing the leaking from the fan screws that screw right into the fans of the radiator. My solution is that im gonna move the fan up a couple inches, taking out all of the old screws. My question now are there any epoxys or silicons i can use to seal up my radiator. Id say the hole the screw made is about a sixteenth of an inch wide and need to seal it now. Any help would be greatly appreciated. BigMike

naviathan 01-04-2006 02:36 PM

No, radiators shot, get a new one. I would not try to repair it and having that much damage fixed at a shop will cost almost as much as a used one out of the junkyard.

amerijeep 01-04-2006 04:30 PM

I am not sure your radiator is shot. Is the damage to the fins or to the flutes? Even is the flutes are damaged, they can be soldered. I actually have patched a radiator that was completely gouged out in the center by a fan by cutting the fluted out and soldering it up. I wouldn't recommend it, but it was for a hard to find radiator and I ran it like that for about three years. Didn't get too hot either.

Anyway, the point is that I believe you can patch it and not loose anything.

naviathan 01-05-2006 07:49 AM

I wouldn't recommend that either. And like I said, for the cost to have a shop to it you could buy a good radiator out of the junkyard that would probably be more reliable.

amerijeep 01-05-2006 10:35 AM

I would recommend it. It's cheap and as long as it doesn't get too hot, you'll be good to go. It has worked for me, so this is my testimonial.

I know that at least the radiator shop I use locally is not expensive when it comes to repair, When you have to buy one is where it starts getting pricey. I actually learned my tricks at that shop. I worked there one summer many years ago. I actually rebuilt alternators, but I got my hands on the radiators every now and then.

BigMike 01-05-2006 12:04 PM

Alright, thanks for your guys opinions. Im still debating what im gonna do...Once i find out ill let you know and give you an update if i decide to patch it.

daddyjeep 01-05-2006 09:25 PM

I have patched up radiators like Amerijeep said since I was sixteen. The first few beaters I had required a little work as most beaters do. Actually on my jeep I cracked the solder around the cap by sitting on it when I was working on the motor. With a little work I took the entire cap mounting area off, cleaned it up, and soldered it back on. It took a little patience to get it just the right temperature, but it really wasn't that bad. I would give it a shot. If it doesn't work out you can always get the new radiator later. I would, however, find a new way to mount the fan. With or without the new radiator you don't want to poke a bunch of holes in it if you don't have to.

amerijeep 01-05-2006 11:49 PM

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Originally Posted by amerijeep
I would recommend it. It's cheap and as long as it doesn't get too hot, you'll be good to go. It has worked for me, so this is my testimonial.

I know that at least the radiator shop I use locally is not expensive when it comes to repair, When you have to buy one is where it starts getting pricey. I actually learned my tricks at that shop. I worked there one summer many years ago. I actually rebuilt alternators, but I got my hands on the radiators every now and then.

I know I contradicted myself with this post, but I had a change of heart after I thought about it. To clarify, I'd solder it, if possible. Good luck.


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