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Old 11 Apr 2004, 07:33 pm
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Default leaking coolant

i have a 1990 honda civic 1.5l and i found a crack on the top of the
radiator and started to leaking coolant out. Is there any sealer or glue i
can use to glue it up, or i have to replace the radiator. Cause i don't
want to spend so much money on this old car.

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Old 11 Apr 2004, 09:32 pm
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"mike113" <michael_yu8@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> i have a 1990 honda civic 1.5l and i found a crack on the top of the
> radiator and started to leaking coolant out. Is there any sealer or glue i
> can use to glue it up, or i have to replace the radiator. Cause i don't
> want to spend so much money on this old car.


if youre planning on junking it, go ahead and experiment. if the experiments
dont work and you overheat the head and warp it, the car will be worthless.

if you plan on selling it, replace the radiator.


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Old 11 Apr 2004, 11:51 pm
Sean Dinh
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Default Re: leaking coolant

Get it replaced asap. You'll end up with major repair when the coolant get too
low. If that top is plastic, forget about glue. There seems to be no glue for
that type of plastic.

mike113 wrote:

> i have a 1990 honda civic 1.5l and i found a crack on the top of the
> radiator and started to leaking coolant out. Is there any sealer or glue i
> can use to glue it up, or i have to replace the radiator. Cause i don't
> want to spend so much money on this old car.


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Old 13 Apr 2004, 05:25 pm
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Default Re: leaking coolant

"mike113" <michael_yu8@hotmail.com> wrote:

> i have a 1990 honda civic 1.5l and i found a crack on the top of the

radiator and started to leaking coolant out. Is there any sealer or glue i
can use to glue it up, or i have to replace the radiator. Cause i don't want
to spend so much money on this old car.

I agree with the previous poster...replace the radiator. If you try and
patch it, it will probably not work and you risk junking the engine and
making your old car worthless.

I had a similiar problem with my 1994 Honda Accord. The radiator cracked on
top near where the cap is, and even though it was a pretty small crack it
leaked coolant pretty badly. Brought it to a Honda dealer, and they wanted
$600 to replace the radiator. I then brought it to an independent shop
which specializes in imports and they were able to replace it for only $400
and probably did a much better job than the Honda dealer would have (don't
get me started on this particular Honda dealer).

I asked the mechanic if I did something to cause this radiator crack and he
said absolutely not...that it was just part failure which is going to occur
in 10-20% of Honda vehicles no matter what. Of course, my car was 8 years
old at the time. Anyway, shop around as prices can vary greatly for this
type of repair.



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Old 13 Apr 2004, 07:20 pm
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If you are a do it yourselfer, then check out ebay where I got a
complete OEM rad for $100 shipped.

dan

Gary Moheban wrote:
> "mike113" <michael_yu8@hotmail.com> wrote:
>
>
>>i have a 1990 honda civic 1.5l and i found a crack on the top of the

>
> radiator and started to leaking coolant out. Is there any sealer or glue i
> can use to glue it up, or i have to replace the radiator. Cause i don't want
> to spend so much money on this old car.
>
> I agree with the previous poster...replace the radiator. If you try and
> patch it, it will probably not work and you risk junking the engine and
> making your old car worthless.
>
> I had a similiar problem with my 1994 Honda Accord. The radiator cracked on
> top near where the cap is, and even though it was a pretty small crack it
> leaked coolant pretty badly. Brought it to a Honda dealer, and they wanted
> $600 to replace the radiator. I then brought it to an independent shop
> which specializes in imports and they were able to replace it for only $400
> and probably did a much better job than the Honda dealer would have (don't
> get me started on this particular Honda dealer).
>
> I asked the mechanic if I did something to cause this radiator crack and he
> said absolutely not...that it was just part failure which is going to occur
> in 10-20% of Honda vehicles no matter what. Of course, my car was 8 years
> old at the time. Anyway, shop around as prices can vary greatly for this
> type of repair.
>
>
>


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