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Old 11-03-2013, 04:38 PM   #1
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Default Is this a Crucial radiator?

So in doing some research and maintenance for winter, I have come upon something I am not sure about. Going to be doing a coolant flush.

I have what I feel is an aftermarket radiator (I know the front end has been replaced/repaired). It is all aluminum and unfinished, unlike the stock black ones I have seen. Plus it has Crucial caps on both the radiator and reserve tank.

Does this require more coolant than stock? Does anyone know if this is for sure a Crucial radiator or just caps?

I have tried looking on here and Google, but I can only find PC cooling systems and FS adds on here without pictures.

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Old 11-03-2013, 05:46 PM   #2
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I can't tell you what brand it is but in regards to fluid amount, it's not a "dump it in and go" thing. You will add coolant until the system won't take anymore. Anything less than completely full and you'll have bubbles and potentially overheating issues.

In my 06, my method is to fill the radiator, cap it, then start filling the upper reservoir, squeezing the upper radiator hose to draw coolant Into the system. After a while you'll have to start the car and run it for short intervals to pull the coolant through. Eventually the level in the upper reservoir will stop decreasing. Start it up, maybe drive it gently around the block to bring the temp up and make sure the fans cycle (on AND off). Let it cool for a couple HOURS then check the upper reservoir level again. Top off as need be.
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Old 11-03-2013, 06:16 PM   #3
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Thank you for the tip!

The cap is blue with Crucial in pink. My biggest concern is if this radiator is bigger than stock and if I need more coolant.
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Old 11-04-2013, 07:31 AM   #4
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Since when is it a bad idea to have extra coolant laying around the house?
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Old 11-04-2013, 01:21 PM   #5
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That is not a helpful response.
Too many different coolants laying around the house, don't need any more.

Just want to know if I have a bigger than stock radiator and if it is a Crucial.
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Old 11-04-2013, 01:48 PM   #6
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Okay. Then buy some, return what you don't use?

I doubt you're going to get your answer on here - at least in a timely manner.

Best bet is to drain and fill. That will give you your answer....
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Old 11-04-2013, 01:53 PM   #7
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It's definitely aftermarket the stockers are plastic. As to the exact capacity who knows. You haven't even told us what repair your doing? If you replace the upper rad hose if wont take much if you pull the motor you'll need a lot more. Get a few gallons an be done with it. If you have too much laying around the house get rid of the stuff you don't need anymore
Nevermind I read your doing a flush. Still depending on exactly what you do you may need more or less. Are you just taking the drain plug outta the radiator then refilling or are you going to flush water through the system or ?????
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Old 11-04-2013, 06:43 PM   #8
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I am just planning on doing a drain and fill. I bought a gallon of unmixed and a gallon of distilled water to mix and wasn't sure if it was enough. The dealer by me said they only use one gallon unmixed, but he wasn't 100% sure.

Thank you for confirming it is in fact aftermarket.
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Old 11-07-2013, 02:44 AM   #9
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Well Im not sure who made that radiator, but the drain plug is in the WORST spot! Hit the engine cradle and shot all over the places. But we got it done and Im glad I did because it was murky green and the reserve had some egg drop soup looking stuff in the bottom of it.
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Well Im not sure who made that radiator, but the drain plug is in the WORST spot! Hit the engine cradle and shot all over the places. But we got it done and Im glad I did because it was murky green and the reserve had some egg drop soup looking stuff in the bottom of it.
Yeah it's a freaking mess. worst design. You can pop that overflow can right out and rinse it off...just yank the hose of the top and pop the tab off, then it comes right up.
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Old 11-11-2013, 04:54 PM   #11
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I tried to pop it off but it wouldn't come off. Popped the tab on the right and tried to twist and pull it out and it kept catching on the tab on the left or it would hit the front pulley cover. So I just got a turkey baster and sucked it out.
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