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Old 11-07-2009, 11:30 PM
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I was driving today and waiting outside for a friend when I noticed steam coming out of the front ( near the headlights) so I opened the hood and smelled anti-freeze. I checked the hoses and cap coming from the radiator, but it seems likes its slowly leaking from around the edges but I'm not exactly sure where its leaking from. Anyone please help with what I should do?
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Re: radiator leak..please help

get a radiator/cooling system preasure test kit is a good way to go. Otherwise hose it all off with water, let it get bone dry, and you could always get some of that spray on leak developer to help find it.
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thanks man i just hope its not going to need a new radiator...
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Re: radiator leak..please help

no good... our radiators are primarily plastic, any "repair" you try to do is going to fail.. GAURANTEED.

Speaking from personal experience, just get a new one... of all the parts on our cars... a new radiator is NOT a huge expense nor is it a severely difficult item to change yourself.

just MAKE SURE you follow the proper system bleeding procedures before starting the car ... unless you like an erratic idle.


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Re: radiator leak..please help

yea thanks so should i just get a aluminum one?
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Re: radiator leak..please help

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yea thanks so should i just get a aluminum one?
That's what I would do, especially if you are worried about weight.
Aluminum is going to cool faster too.

when dealing with a radiator, UNLESS you are going to have it proffessionally repaired (which costs CLOSE to new anyways) than you should be replacing it with a new one.
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Re: radiator leak..please help

my friend blew two holes in his mishimoto radiator, then used some radiator leak fix from advance, worked for one month and counting. maybe check that out?
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Re: radiator leak..please help

^not reliable... just change the rad for a piece of mind.
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my friend blew two holes in his mishimoto radiator, then used some radiator leak fix from advance, worked for one month and counting. maybe check that out?
that and those stop leak's play hell on the cooling system, water jackets and passages can get all plug up.
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Re: radiator leak..please help

if you're a cheap bastard and a mustang owner then it works out pretty well...
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Re: radiator leak..please help

if its slowly leaking a common missed hose is your heater core hose man see if that hose is cracked or something on H and F series its kinda a b1tch to get to but look under your distributor and it should be an easy find.
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Re: radiator leak..please help

Supposed to be a common problem here (hasn't happened to mine yet, touch wood). The plastic part can't handle our harsh conditions and gives out. Cost of replacing the plastic part is around 1/3 of a decent (Koyo or similar) Aluminium radiator.
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Re: radiator leak..please help

yeah like im probably just going to go with the aluminum one...because i dont think its fixable for cheap, i think the top plastic part is cracked all the way around because in the little grooves around it is filled with antifreeze. I am not low on anti freeze so it is a slow leak but needs to be fixed. But my car is on jack stands right now (painting the calipers) so I have time to find a good rad.
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