Is it typical for the top seal of original radiator in a '91 Integra to
begin to fail @ 23 years of use ?
It is loosing radiator fluid about 8 oz ( .250 L) every 2-3 days but not
much more than that afterwards (slowly looses more but not drastically)
No obvious drips/puddles or leaks underneath after driving .
I noticed the Top seam around the radiator top is wetted with radiator
fluid. It is original radiator and appears to be constructed with folded
tabs holding the top on radiator. I am supposing that there is a rubber
seal in the seam and is probably failing ??
No chance of successfully fixing that ?
So, if radiator is replaced what other work and replacement should be done
at that same time since it looks like alot of stuff, hoses and such must be
Thanks for any helpful advise,
is alt.autos.acura not used anymore ? looks like low traffic ? where
have all the Acura-ians been displaced/moved to ?
You got that many years out of it before it started to leak? You got VERY
You mean "losing" and "loses". "Loosing" and "looses" are not valid words.
Toyo, Koyo, and Denso should be good bets. There are other good ones. Stay
away from the cheapest.
When buying aftermarket, it's best to stay away from the Web entirely and
instead buy from a local jobber, the kind of place that supplies garages in
your area (NOT AutoZone, etc). Chances are very good that the first
aftermarket one you get will have some sort of defect and will need to be
exchanged. That gets expensive when buying off the Web, on account of
needing to ship the defective one back to the vendor at your own cost.
I don't think there are any. Acura and Honda tend to get bunched together
under "Honda". There are a number of Honda Web boards.
That's about right.
The tiny production quantities of aftermarket parts don't allow for the
differentiation of MT and AT rads, or of single-core and dual-core rads. So
all that's available is AT with dual-core. Which is perfectly fine.
You can use a pair of snips to crush the cooler stubs. You want to snip a
little off the ends, so they're sort of crimped shut.
It'a aftermarket, so /poor/ fit is generally to be expected. But if it
plain /doesn't/ fit, then you really should ask for a different brand.
Occasionally there is need to bend up the top brackets to make them fit,
and maybe stack something under the bottom mounting studs to raise the rad
Having said that, I have found that, generally, aftermarket rads do fit
surprisingly well, with little to no modification needed.
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