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Old 12-18-2013, 07:42 PM   #1
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Unhappy Radiator Leak Would you?

Well found out tonight its the radiator that is leaking. Any ideas the cost to replace ? I have found a couple places that have them between $350 $550 and one that was $150.00 and PLASTIC Not for me. I would not be able to replace my self so I will need a place to take it.
Any one that would use a stop leak product?. I am very hesitant about using one.
Any one give me a ball park cost to put in a New radiator 1982 PA with a 454 4bbl
Tranny cooler in front of radiator. Thanks for the advice
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Old 12-18-2013, 09:40 PM   #2
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Stop leak is that: a stop gap method. You may have tiny passages that will actually clog up and then you've got bigger issues.
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Old 12-18-2013, 09:57 PM   #3
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Stop leak that stuff should come with a new heater core. Half the heater core jobs we do at work are a direct result of that stuff.
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Stop leak that stuff should come with a new heater core. Half the heater core jobs we do at work are a direct result of that stuff.
Agreed......stay away from that stuff. A new plastic rad would be better than the issues stop leak will cause......also look for a use rad maybe?? Can a local rad shop fix yours??
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Old 12-18-2013, 11:22 PM   #5
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Its really the install cost that I am worried about. Their used to be repairs shops around town but the ones I used as a kid are all long gone. I think it has become a lost art. Same as having your alt rebuilt or Generator rebuilt (motor). A agree on not using that stuff but thought there might be something new on the market.
We did a pressure test tonight and the gauge held @ 15 lbs for a good while before it started to decrease just a little.
I ran it this afternoon maybe 45 minutes-an hour up to normal temp and no leak. I would hate to be 1/2 of the way to Az. and have it really start leaking or complete failure
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Ate you sure about the leak?

If it is holding then not leaking.

Unless you see it...
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I thought maybe when he was adding some anti-freeze he spilt a little. Yea we can see it at the bottom is wet and the coils have a blue hue to them. I have found a few places that have the new ones and the shop that I usually go too told us to bring it up to him, I was under the impression that he didn't work with Radiators but I was wrong. They are doing it at a reasonable amount I think.
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Where is the radiator leaking? Is there a slim chance that it just might be a hose clamp that needs to be tightened?
As others have stated, 'I would not use stop leak'!
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Talked to my Father-in-law tonight and he suggested ground blk pepper.
I think first off I am going to take it on a drive around the cities Thursday unless there is a bunch of salt then I won't, but if I do I will take in on the highway for 30-50 miles and see if it is leaking. Making a few pit stops along the way to check the radiator. If there is a leak I will try the ground pepper, he says that it won't clog anything up except the leak. If it dose leak I will take her in for a new Radiator.
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Talked to my Father-in-law tonight and he suggested ground blk pepper.
I think first off I am going to take it on a drive around the cities Thursday unless there is a bunch of salt then I won't, but if I do I will take in on the highway for 30-50 miles and see if it is leaking. Making a few pit stops along the way to check the radiator. If there is a leak I will try the ground pepper, he says that it won't clog anything up except the leak. If it dose leak I will take her in for a new Radiator.
Merry Christmas Travel Safe.
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IMHO, using anything other than a repair in a shop (unless it is a hose clamp) is a temporary measure. I would not go on a long journey with black pepper as a repair. Your decision, but if you can get it fixed for a reasonable price, that may be the best way to go.
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I have had good luck with Alumiseal. Used it for a pinhole leak in my Ram 2500 truck over 10 years ago and it has not caused any problems or leaked since.

BTW, plastic radiators only have a plastic top and bottom. The tubes are either copper or aluminum.
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I took mine into shop thinking I had a bad thermostat and they found I was just low on fluid, indicating a leak. They put a dye in the fluid and topped it off. They said to bring it back after driving a while and they check with a UV light that would identify even the smallest leak. I haven't had any more problems and haven't been back, but I thought I would suggest a way to find leak before making repair or replacement.
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I have had good luck with Alumiseal. Used it for a pinhole leak in my Ram 2500 truck over 10 years ago and it has not caused any problems or leaked since.

BTW, plastic radiators only have a plastic top and bottom. The tubes are either copper or aluminum.
I have also had good luck with Aluma Seal.
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Pepper? Wives tale probably. I would never.
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