I had what seemed like a total radiator blowout. When I started to dig in to
the removal process, I discovered the leak is a small hole in the plastic
end, on the batterty side, away from any edges, 3 or 4 inches down from the
Does this seem fixable without the complete removal of the rad. from the
car? Can I weld plastic? Epoxy? I'm having a problem loosening the tranny
fittings from the rad. Are they right or left handed? My luck dictates that
if I don't do the complete R&R, it won't work. Help!!
"Leave the gun. Take the cannoli."
Clemenza - Godfather I
Find a replacement radiator and replace it. Trying to glue it is pissing
in the wind. there are many discount radiator places to buy.
And yes, getting those cooler fittings off is a pain in the ass.
and there is dam little space for the wrenches.
And a word of caution. If you spring the extra bucks for a double core
radiator, you will have fun putting the cooling fan back on.
(one who has done it)
On that same topic....why are the Taurus radiators 'exposed' on the
bottom? Seems like rocks can find their way to pierce the radiator.
Has anyone fashioned 'netting' to keep the rocks out yet allow for
Just because some of the fins may be bent, doesnt mean the radiator has
lost it's effectiveness. My Taurus' radiator has some pretty severe
"battle damage" on the very bottom of the radiator, but it's not punctured,
and still has plenty of airflow at the top.
If you really want to protect it however, an easy way to construct a "net",
would be to remove the radiator, get some stiff wire mesh and something to
hold the mess off the radiator (metal motherboard standoffs would likely
work fine) and wrap the wire mesh tightly one time, and re-install the
radiator with the mire mesh. But if you ask me, you're just wasting time.
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