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Old 10-24-2008, 01:23 PM   #1
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Exclamation Radiator Go Bye-Bye?? **w/ Pics

So I noticed last night sitting in the Bojangles drive through that smoke/steam started to pour out of the hood. Once I got my food, I pulled over and popped the hood. This is what I discovered:










There is coolant EVERYWHERE. I think there is a hairline crack on top front side of the radiator. I couldn't get a clear picture of it, but at one point, it was shooting coolant out of a very pin-sized hole.


Where do I go from here?
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Old 10-24-2008, 01:30 PM   #2
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thats exactly what my car did after owning it for 2 months, sucks huh? looks like a simple green cleanup project to me
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Old 10-24-2008, 02:07 PM   #3
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Mine did the same just a few days ago also. Its cracked in the front right in front of where the top hose comes out to go to the motor. I ordered this one.... its gotten pretty good reviews so far and it doesn't have the extra cap like the new ones do so you don't need the extra parts to make it work.... Its all aluminum so you don't have to worry about the plastic cracking or separating from the core like the stock one does.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...3AIT&viewitem=

It seems like a really fair price considering a new plastic one is
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Old 10-26-2008, 10:11 PM   #4
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thats exactly what my car did after owning it for 2 months, sucks huh? looks like a simple green cleanup project to me

^^same thing happened to me.... I hope you didn't get her hot, just pull the radiator its toast, either get an aftermarket aluminum or pony up the big $$ for the updated Subaru radiator.
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Old 10-26-2008, 11:30 PM   #5
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mine got pretty warm once too but if you keep it filled it will be ok just make sure to watch that gauge
I guess these do cool better then stock so they really are a pretty good deal. As long as they last a few years lol
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Old 10-24-2008, 02:12 PM   #6
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^^^ That's the one I got when mine assploded. It won't crack, it's larger than stock (so you'll have to cut the upper and lower hose slightly, no biggie), and the fitment is PERFECT.


I got it for less than $200 shipped, better than stock for way less FTW
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Old 10-24-2008, 02:14 PM   #7
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yeah i have been hearing good things about it too. Mine was 160 shipped so i thought that was great. It wont separate or crack and you can still use your stock fans Seems like the logical choice for those of us on a budget for sure!
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Old 10-24-2008, 02:15 PM   #8
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And it looks nice too. I have to go pick up some tequila and margarita mix, when I get back I can snap some pictures if you'd like.
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Old 10-24-2008, 02:17 PM   #9
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That's good to hear. Yea, I'm definitely not happy with the car right now lol It seems to be one thing after another lately. I'll look around for the radiator on ebay and see if I can find one cheap. Do you have to get a new trans cooler though? I remember reading something about ours being built in or something...
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Old 10-24-2008, 02:22 PM   #10
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no i am pretty sure ours don't have anything like that....unless you have an Auto then it may be an issue. But 5 speed its a direct swap. Just make sure when you go on ebay that you get the same one your car has they make the radiator with a cap and one with out. 2002 and early 2003s have just the cap up on the motor the newer 2004 and up have a cap on the radiator AND the motor.
My car has been a pain in mt @$$ latley too buddy!!!!
Sometime want to burn it. But this is a pretty cheap fix and DIY for sure so......
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Old 10-24-2008, 02:25 PM   #11
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The one your looking at is one with the cap. Does your stock one have a cap or no?
If not try this one.....
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...3AIT&viewitem=
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Old 10-24-2008, 02:36 PM   #12
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My car has been a pain in my @$$ lately too buddy!!!! Sometime want to burn it.
I wouldn't mind if it were to right about now.
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Old 10-24-2008, 02:43 PM   #13
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My car has been a pain in mt @$$ latley too buddy!!!!
Sometime want to burn it. .....

I hear ya man. I take care of my car, and in the last few months I've been dealing with
1.Cracked headers
2.Cracked raiator
3.Noisy clutch throw-out bearing
4.Worn-out motor mounts
5.Bad A/F sensor
6.Constant misfires because of the cracked header (A/F trying to compensate for more air being drawn in by dumping more fuel, causing it to stumble)


Hmmmm, what else....
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Old 10-24-2008, 02:22 PM   #14
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Old 10-24-2008, 02:32 PM   #15
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Yea it only has the one up near the intercooler. I guess I'll go ahead and buy that one and use this bars-all I picked up to try and seal off the leak for now. Should I get some new hoses too? Like Samco or something? Or will the stock ones do the trick for now.
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Old 10-24-2008, 02:38 PM   #16
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i would be carefull with the radiator leak fix stuff man. im not gonna drive mine till the new radiator comes in. That stuff may clog up other things you don't want it to.
Stock hoses will need to be trimmed but should be fine unless there really dry and cracking. Im reusing mine for now.
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The radiator leak fixes don't do a damn thing. Park the car and order a new radiator. The shipping on mine was relatively quick.
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yeah, i didn't want to be so blunt about it but you nailed it Audiosavvy.......

Do what he said
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Old 10-24-2008, 02:47 PM   #19
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yeah i have headgaskets leaking, radiator just took a poop, and a really big dent in my invidia divorced down pipe that also caused a really bad exhaust leak.
But in the end i still love my broken car i just can't handle it when its messed up lilke this.
But you got to pay to play right guys
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so the aftermarket radiators weigh more?? Oh well i like the idea of being alot tougher
I drive in the woods alot and we get alot of snow both which can damage radiators so beef it up IMO
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Old 10-24-2008, 02:52 PM   #21
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coolant, clutch and trans fluid are not my thing, but gas is great. Race gas for sure especially race gas in a car with no cats. A few months back my budy had some left over from racing crotch rockets and it was gonna go bad so he gave me like 12 gallons...... that was great
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Same thing happened to me. I noticed the sweet smell of burning coolant, but didn't think to check under the hood until I saw my temps shoot up. I ended up ordering the Koyo replacement on ebay and decided against an aftermarket radiator to save weight. (Its a DD)
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Same thing happened to me. I noticed the sweet smell of burning coolant, but didn't think to check under the hood until I saw my temps shoot up. I ended up ordering the Koyo replacement on ebay and decided against an aftermarket radiator to save weight. (Its a DD)

It is a nice smell, isn't it?

Call me weird, but I like the smell of transmission fluid, coolant, and burnt clutch- as long as it's not coming from MY car

But there's nothing like the smell of race gas in the morning
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The weight difference is negligible, I compared the two upon removal and it was hardly noticeable. But it's DEFINITELY more stout than the OEM plastic crap.
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Old 10-24-2008, 03:28 PM   #25
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Just paid for the radiator via paypal. I hope shipping is speedy.
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