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Old 11-07-2019, 10:18 PM   #1
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My radiator has a small crack on the plastic at the top. Has anybody tried using an epoxy of some sort to fix one and does it hold up? Or should I just replace the whole thing. Truck has 195,000 miles original radiator. Iíve read some JB weld reviews some say itís great some say it wonít hold.
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Old 11-07-2019, 10:19 PM   #2
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Old 11-07-2019, 10:23 PM   #3
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Guess that may help. 2007 Dodge 2500 5.9 Diesel
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Old 11-07-2019, 10:24 PM   #4
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Old 11-07-2019, 10:24 PM   #5
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Replace it, the plastic gets brittle, after years of getting hot. You can try to glue it or JB Weld, ect., it may hold for short time, but it won't take long for it to leak again, if you get it to seal up initially.
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Old 11-07-2019, 10:31 PM   #6
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I know exactly which part you are referring to. I had a 99 that got the same leak. JB weld didnít work. Found a marine grade epoxy that held me over. Never felt comfortable with it, but it worked.


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Old 11-07-2019, 11:15 PM   #7
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Being stranded SUCKS. I’d personally fix it

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Old 11-07-2019, 11:18 PM   #8
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I agree it needs to be replaced.
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Old 11-07-2019, 11:24 PM   #9
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$200 radiator or $5000 motor? Replace the radiator.
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Old 11-07-2019, 11:36 PM   #10
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You might try some of the leak stop stuff from the hardware store. I know it works. I have it in my welding truck right now and it stopped a leak I had. Had a fan fall off a truck while on the Callahan ranch once. You could imagine the size holes that it put in it and there were about 20 of them. Put 2 packages of Bar's Leak in it and drove back to Georgetown, no problem. The stuff performs miracles.
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Old 11-07-2019, 11:48 PM   #11
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Iíve seen JB weld work great on them. Iíve also had some luck with the flaky looking leak stop stuff you pour in.

Some radiators are not that expensive.


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Old 11-08-2019, 12:18 AM   #12
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If you are going to have to tear it down to patch , might as well replace it
And the hoses and belts to For peace of mind
Only $100 new + belts and hoses and coolant
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Old 11-08-2019, 12:32 AM   #13
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Sounds like replace is the way to go. Not looking forward to that. Guess while I’m in there I might replace the water pump. I’m just not sure about after market radiators I don’t want something that’s goin goin to crack in a year or two.
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Old 11-08-2019, 12:44 AM   #14
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Aren't radiators like $150 and under? Replace it.

Go to rockauto.com, get the part number, then go to advanced auto parts website and buy it using their 25% coupon. Do in store pickup. They are really easy to replace.
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Old 11-08-2019, 06:30 AM   #15
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There are radiator shops that can replace just the plastic part. Much cheaper, seems like it was about $150 to replace just the plastic parts ( one on each side of the coil ) on my 93 Chevy. Of course I dont know if it is possible on your particular radiator, but the shop acted like they did it all.the time.
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Old 11-08-2019, 06:42 AM   #16
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This is expensive, but no plastic- Mishimoto Performance Aluminum Radiator.
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Old 11-08-2019, 06:42 AM   #17
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Replace it! Like posted above, replace hoses and belts too if not done recently.
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Old 11-08-2019, 06:44 AM   #18
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If you need a quick fix this is what I did to an old car once. Took a piece of tube from an old shop vac, a hand held propane torch and melted it on to the radiator trying to keep it smooth but hot enough to melt both together. Worked great, never did replace the radiator.
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Old 11-08-2019, 07:00 AM   #19
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I had cracked the top part of my radiator on dirt bike when I was younger and jb welded it.. it held fine..
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Old 11-08-2019, 07:10 AM   #20
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Replace it you cheap *******.
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Old 11-08-2019, 07:20 AM   #21
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Replace

I had a crack in my in my 06 Silverado with 280,000 miles, I tried the patch kits. I would slow the leak down, but never stop it. New radiator was less than $150, one YouTube video later and I had it changed out in less than a hour.
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Old 11-08-2019, 07:31 AM   #22
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I think that the build up inside the radiator along with the leak justifies replacement.
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Old 11-08-2019, 07:37 AM   #23
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YouTube videos show replacing a radiator in my Ford F-350 to be a simple process. Iíd imagine yours is the same. For $150-200 Iíd do that versus the cost of JB weld and a tow truck.
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Old 11-08-2019, 07:39 AM   #24
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I had just the plastic parts replaced at a radiator shop one time and it was cheap
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Old 11-08-2019, 08:18 AM   #25
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Agreed with above on replace vs repair. I had a similar issue in my 04 and opted to replace it (since I was going to be doing the labor anyway). Here is a cheap plug for Rockauto - saved a couple of bucks.

https://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/...,radiator,2172
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Old 11-08-2019, 08:30 AM   #26
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Replace. Not worth the risk in causing overheat damage.
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Old 11-08-2019, 08:32 AM   #27
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Old 11-08-2019, 08:36 AM   #28
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$200 radiator or $5000 motor? Replace the radiator.
THATS a BIG AMEN!!!!!
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Old 11-08-2019, 08:39 AM   #29
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I just replaced the radiator in my truck, about $350 for radiator and fluids. Did it myself, took about 2 hrs. Not a bad job, not expensive, and could save you thousands.

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Old 11-08-2019, 10:37 AM   #30
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Well just ordered a new one wish me luck.
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Old 11-08-2019, 03:14 PM   #31
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Old 11-08-2019, 03:24 PM   #32
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YouTube videos show replacing a radiator in my Ford F-350 to be a simple process. Iíd imagine yours is the same. For $150-200 Iíd do that versus the cost of JB weld and a tow truck.
^^^ This right here! I wouldn't even mess with anything less.
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Old 11-08-2019, 03:28 PM   #33
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Replace!!!
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Old 11-08-2019, 03:38 PM   #34
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JB Weld didn't work on mine. Best to replace it any way and start with a clean one, you'll see the difference.
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