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Old 12-05-2008, 11:18 PM   #1
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Default Need Help! My car is going through radiators

I have cracked a radiator and now have made a leak in another. 2 radiators in 3 weeks. I drained the coolant and it was clear (no contamination). Anyone out there have any thoughts. I have a brand new radiator in my car right now and I am afraid to drive it because I do not want to break this one.
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Old 12-07-2008, 03:03 AM   #2
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i dont know what the climate has been like where you live but if it has been below freezing there may be a possibility that your coolant had to much water content after the initial replacement. i have seen some cases where the so called 50/50 water coolant premixes havent done very well causing the coolant to freeze and create leaks. this is just an idea and doubtfull that this is the problem but its something to think about.

other than the obvious coolant quality concern you should have the cooling system including the cap pressure tested. very possible that a cylinder head gasket is starting to go as well. good luck
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Old 12-07-2008, 11:40 AM   #3
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I'd check the radiator cap. In my previous car, Integra GS-R i had the same problem. The shop I took went through 5 radiators within a week and a half (blown radiator after driving less than miles - dripping coolant) until I suggested replacing radiator cap. The radiator never cracked ever since until the frickin thieves stole my car until 6 mo. later. Let me know if this worked for you.
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Old 01-25-2010, 08:31 PM   #4
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Sorry to bring up a REALLY old thread but I'm having the same issue and its easier to just bump this one. Anyone else have any suggestions?
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Old 01-26-2010, 01:42 AM   #5
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Do a leak down and compression test. The last 2002 I worked on did the same thing at another dealership. I found that the head gasket had been toast. I am not saying that is your problem, but it is worth the test.
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Old 01-28-2010, 01:48 PM   #6
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breaking radiators repeatedly is almost always a sign of head gasket problems. I would recommend getting a leak down test performed
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Old 01-29-2010, 05:56 PM   #7
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are they oem radiators?
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