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Old 07/20/2010, 06:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hairline crack in radiator

Right on the top of the radiator there is a hairline crack. I tried some "Radiator Stop Leak" suggested by a guy at autozone (I didn't really like him), it didn't work. In fact I think it made it worse by turning into globs. My question is, could I use a type of epoxy to just seal the crack? I don't want to spring for a new radiator and the radiator shop I called was more expensive than the dealer.

If a type of epoxy will work, do you have any suggestions?
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You need top replace the radiator, can't be fixed. Besides don't you want the piece of mind or do you want to get stranded somewhere and possibly burn the engine??
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I don't have the money right now to fix the radiator. Will hopefully have the money soon, I just need it fixed ASAP.
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I don't have the money right now to fix the radiator. Will hopefully have the money soon, I just need it fixed ASAP.
You can't nothing will hold to those temperatures and pressure. Go borrow it and fix your car.
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Old 07/20/2010, 08:23 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I was in the same boat as you. For a temporary fix, dry the area well ( maybe drain it just a little) , sand the crack and surrounding area with 80 grit sandpaper, then use J-B weld, and cover it well. It will not be a permanent solution, but will definitely get you by. I had mine patched for almost a month until I found a good enough deal. Keep in mind the V6 radiator will fit on your car no problem. Its just a little thicker.
My crack was at the top of the radiator, right under where the outlet is for the hose.
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Old 07/20/2010, 09:39 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I was in the same boat as you. For a temporary fix, dry the area well ( maybe drain it just a little) , sand the crack and surrounding area with 80 grit sandpaper, then use J-B weld, and cover it well. It will not be a permanent solution, but will definitely get you by. I had mine patched for almost a month until I found a good enough deal. Keep in mind the V6 radiator will fit on your car no problem. Its just a little thicker.
My crack was at the top of the radiator, right under where the outlet is for the hose.
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JB weld will work like he said. I used it on my cousin's radiator. His was leaking right above the lower neck of the radiator. No problems so far.
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I never recommend repairing a radiator. If it cracked once, it's bound to again. I would definitely just replace it. All you need is a little bit of JB weld to break loose and get sucked into your water pump and destroy it.
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I just replaced my radiator, it was $120 shipped and took about an hour to put it in. I don't trust those stop leak b/s. Have had two cars that I tried to quick fix like that and both times blew my head gasket, coincidence? I don't know but I don't like it haha
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I did try a patch, and it helped. It did not fix the problem but helped it limp along until I was able to get the money and buy a new radiator. Changed it this morning and all is well. Just took it for a drive and never even thought about overheating. Thanks for everyone's help.
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I did try a patch, and it helped. It did not fix the problem but helped it limp along until I was able to get the money and buy a new radiator. Changed it this morning and all is well. Just took it for a drive and never even thought about overheating. Thanks for everyone's help.
Did you end up getting an oem replacement or a dual core aluminum radiator?
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Just an OEM replacement from Autozone. It was really easy to replace.
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Just an OEM replacement from Autozone. It was really easy to replace.
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Just an OEM replacement from Autozone. It was really easy to replace.
Oh, well hopefully this one does not crack on you...I went through two oem radiators, both cracked so I got a dual core, double row aluminum radiator, have not had a problem since
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