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Old 11-17-2012, 11:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Slow Radiator Leak

Hey all.

I have notice a small puddle of what I thought was red tranny fluid on my floor. Upon closer inspection and, yes, tasting, I determined it wasn't 1) tranny fluid, 2) blood, or 3) strawberry jelly, but that it was coolant.

It looks to be leaking from the bottom of the radiator as I checked the hoses etc. and don't see any visible leaks.

It only appears after the car sits over night - not even sitting at work.

I am having trouble finding this bugger.

Any experiences out there that could help me pinpoint where this may be? Bleeder valve down there, etc.

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Old 11-17-2012, 12:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Just apply some pressure to the system at the overflow tank cap, Randy. You'll find the leak soon enough.

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No problem! If you don't want to buy the kit, a radiator shop can do the test for ya.
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I found that if I release the pressure from the radiator res. under the hood by popping the cap 30 minutes after I park it, it doesn't leak. I cannot see this process last too long tho


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When my car had EXACTLY the same strange small leak it turned out to be the thermostat housing was leaking. It runs down the front of the block and is very hard to find!

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Rather than start a new thread... I will follow what Randy says he has..
My radiator was pressure tested and they say I have a small leak coming from the bottom where the radiator sits on the bottom tray. I am going to just replace the radiator but I am curious if anyone knows if these cars have heavy duty or standard duty radiators? I was thinking they were heavy duty with the Hemi but that does not seem to be the case with my findings on the Internet. Seems as though the standard duty was used for V6 and V8..At least that's what I find. I imagine the AWD models have the heavy duty radiator.
Has anyone bought a radiator off ebay? You can pick them up reasonably priced from sellers with excellent feedback. They also claim to be OEM direct fitment.
Need some advice guys.. I have some pretty serious medical tests coming up and I will need to drive my car several hours to get to get to the medical clinic.
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There was no designation for HD cooling for any of the first gen LX cars. The radiator installed was the radiator installed on all the cars.

I found several online sellers that are also CJDR dealers (like Airpark) that have great prices on OEM parts. I have a problem buying an item that is listed as OEM by a non-OEM seller. But that's just me...
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There was no designation for HD cooling for any of the first gen LX cars. The radiator installed was the radiator installed on all the cars.

I found several online sellers that are also CJDR dealers (like Airpark) that have great prices on OEM parts. I have a problem buying an item that is listed as OEM by a non-OEM seller. But that's just me...
Point taken... And a very good point as well Maddog. I kinda figured the same thing because even my service manual did not say heavy duty or standard. Sounds to me more like a "selling point" than anything from an online dealer.
My local O Reilly wants $325 for a new one. I can get one of eBay or the Internet for about $100 shipped. To much difference in price trust either way... Kinda scary.

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I haven't done anything with mine yet...I need to get a pressure test. It sounds as if you and I have the same problem...


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