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Old 06-17-2012, 07:55 AM   #1
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Radiator Leak?

Yesterday while I was stuck in traffic in a parking garage, all of a sudden my engine temp light went off and I saw my temp gauge skyrocket. I quickly pulled into a parking spot and saw coolant draining from the passenger side of my car. I popped the hood and first checked all the hoses on the passenger side, all looked okay. The radiator however on the front passenger side looked wet in the lower corner, but by this point whatever was leaking had stopped leaking. After the car cooled down I popped the cap and still did see some coolant in the radiator. So at this point I suspect my radiator has a leak in it, but how can I be sure? I had the car towed to my house so I'm prepared to fix whatever the issue is, but can anyone help tell my how to diagnose where the leak is?

If it is the radiator, where should I order a new one? I have a Vararam with a cut fan shraud so will it work with the new radiator?
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Old 06-17-2012, 08:19 AM   #2
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Put a pressure tester on the radiator and see if the pressure drops over time.

Your new radiator option might be here.


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Sounds to me like a hairline crack in the radiator. Usually on the passenger side where the plastic side tank meets the aluminum core. Happen to me twice.

You could spend $500+ on an all-aluminum radiator, or you could buy an upgraded OEM version for $150 with free shipping and a lifetime warranty. That's what I did. I'd rather not spend half a grand on a radiator. Sorry
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Sounds to me like a hairline crack in the radiator. Usually on the passenger side where the plastic side tank meets the aluminum core. Happen to me twice.

You could spend $500+ on an all-aluminum radiator, or you could buy an upgraded OEM version for $150 with free shipping and a lifetime warranty. That's what I did. I'd rather not spend half a grand on a radiator. Sorry

Can you pm me where you got yours? Does it work with the stock fan
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Old 06-17-2012, 08:37 AM   #5
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^ PM coming. Works perfectly with stock fans.
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