Does anyone know of any tips for cleaning the scale and rust out of a
I thought about filling it with vinegar because that works well for cleaning
the scale out of my coffee pot but I not sure if I should be putting vinegar
(weak acid) into a radiator. I could be doing more harm than good.
Any comments? Suggestions? Yes, I know, getting a new radiator would be the
best solution, but it's also the most costly thus my last choice.
You can get a "rod out" done. This is where the shop removes one tank and
runs flattened rods through the tubes to clean out everything. Then they
solder it back together. Ususally runs $50 ish if they will touch it. But
at $119 for a new radiator, It's really up to you.
Be careful about those $119 specials on new units. Many are made overseas and
A good Modine stock unit for a given GM application is $150 or more but carries
a lifetime warranty.
There are also good aftermarket performance radiators out there (Griffin, etc),
but for most applications, the larger size stock one (heavy duty cooling
application) is just fine.
I do agree that most can be fixed reasonably though...
Joe--ASE Certified Parts Specialist & 10th Ann.Club Tech Director
'80 Carousel Red Turbo T/A, 26k orig.
'79 "Y89" 400/4 speed 10th Ann. T/A, 57k orig
'84 Olds 88 Royale Bgm 2 dr, 307 "Rocket" (lol), 141k and still going....
'80 T/A project car...
I was hoping to hear from someone who had a good experience with one of the
over the counter radiator cleaners. I have used a few in the past but
haven't been satisfied with their results.
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