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Old 01-13-2001, 03:01 PM   #1
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Angry D'oh! I broke my radiator!

I decided to change my timing belt this weekend (1995, 1.8L, FWD). No biggie, right? Well, in trying to get the crank pulley off, I got a little carried away with the breaker bar and nailed one of the little tabs that the driver's side fan mounts to. Of course, it's a molded in part of the plastic top cap of the radiator, so I now have a nice big hole in my cooling system.

So, does anybody have any thoughts? It seems like I could CA (Super Glue) it back on, but I don't know if that would hold. A new radiator costs a ton, I'm sure, and I'd like to avoid that if possible. I need my car fixed by Monday, I'm in the middle of nowhere (Nebraska) and to top it off, we're in a winter storm watch, so driving to the nearest dealer (50 miles) is out of the question. So what do I do? Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 01-13-2001, 03:08 PM   #2
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Ouch, from one 1.8l owner to another- good luck man!
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Old 01-13-2001, 03:12 PM   #3
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Check http://www.car-part.com/ or http://www.copartfinder.com for a radiator from a junked Impreza.
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Old 01-13-2001, 03:51 PM   #4
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Here's some pics. I'm thinking super glue and a splodge or two of epoxy of some sort will hold it. The cooling system isn't under that much pressure. Any further thoughts?



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Old 01-13-2001, 04:12 PM   #5
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That's a big hole! If it was small enough, then I would have suggested a pack of chewing gum. They work very well on leaky radiators, especially when the leak is from the top part of the radiator.. Go to a junk yard and see if they have any good radiators from the same vehicle.
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Old 01-13-2001, 04:19 PM   #6
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hell if i were you i would cut a coke can to fit a sheet over the hole and then take apoxy and paint over the aluminum and hold it down. wosre case senerio you just have to buy a new radiator like you have to now
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Old 01-13-2001, 06:33 PM   #7
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What you really need to do Josh is get that rear diff working.

Hee hee... Sorry.

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Old 01-13-2001, 08:55 PM   #8
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J.B. Weld. The absolute best epoxy in the world. Go somewhere and find it. Clean off both pieces real well with carb cleaner, let dry and then apply liberal amounts of J.B. Weld. Yo will have to let it cure for about 24 hours, but it will hold.

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Old 01-13-2001, 09:51 PM   #9
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In my opinion, no ammount of glue will make this thing seal. I think for now you're sorta screwed. Try a local part store for a radiator if the dealer is too far away. You'd be surprised at the unusual things they have in stock.

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Old 01-13-2001, 10:07 PM   #10
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Liberal amounts of JB weld will hold it. I have used that stuff on radiators in the past. Good stuff.
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Old 01-13-2001, 10:21 PM   #11
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There is to much pressuer inside of a radiator for JB weld to hold that on. You are going t oneed a new radiator IMO..

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Old 01-13-2001, 10:24 PM   #12
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You could try glueing it as a tempory fix but the correct way to fix it is to replace it. Unless of course you can just replace the whole plastice end piece. Anything else will sooner or later leave you stranded I fear.
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Old 01-13-2001, 11:32 PM   #13
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Your radiator maxes out at 16psi. J.B.Weld will hold that no problem. Just make real sure that both mating surfaces have absolutely no antifreeze/coolant on them before applying the epoxy.

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Old 01-13-2001, 11:37 PM   #14
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How good is JB weld on plastic?

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Old 01-13-2001, 11:42 PM   #15
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Go with the JB Weld, don't push the car too hard, and once you get back, replace the radiator. The JB should be a good enough temperary fix, but I would get that thing replaced ASAP. Might be expensive, but sure beats having a warped block and heads!
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Old 01-13-2001, 11:55 PM   #16
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I heard duck tape fixes everthing.
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Old 01-14-2001, 12:13 AM   #17
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If you look at the pic of the broken piece, it has small "hairs", that means that it is fiberglass reinforced resin, not plastic. It is pretty tough stuff. I use J.B.Weld on a lot automotive applications. No problems yet. But still, a new radiator would be in order once you get the cash up. Or better yet, order a new all aluminum 3 row "Koyo" radiator from Summit Racing! Only $430.00!

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Old 01-14-2001, 12:19 AM   #18
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One other opption. if there is a motorcycle shop anywhere near you they can "plastic weld" it and it will be better than new....but you have to find a plastic welder? here in california radiator shop will have them sometimes.good luck
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Old 01-14-2001, 12:22 AM   #19
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Well, here's a little update. Good news is, the timing belt went on fine even though I could have used a third hand, and the car starts and idles good. I got a suggestion from a friend-of-a-friend (witness the power of the Internet! I was receiveing responses within a half hour of actually having the problem) earlier tonight and since I was a bit freaked out and in a hurry, I went with it. I used some high-strength epoxy (not JB Weld, but hopefully good enough) and laid several layers of fiberglass cloth around the break. It takes a long time to set up, so I'm going to try putting the fans back on tomorrow. I'll have some pics to show everyone then.

Thanks for the suggestions and encouragement you guys have given. The i-Club is a great place.

Oh, and a couple more things: I live in Nebraska, no "getting back" for me. Nice thought though.

And Sal... You really want to go there?

HondaH8er: Actually, the difference between a new radiator and a used engine with half the miles as mine from Dale Teague is only about $100! Surprising, eh?

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