About six hours after I posted a reply to the heater core thread,
saying I'd only had 2 radiators spring a leak, my wife came home from
work. With a leaking radiator. 1997 Lumina with 165k miles.
She had noticed a very small puddle under the car after work, then saw
a few drops after she parked in our driveway.
By the time I checked it out there was no dripping, and no detectable
dampness anywhere. Started it up to repressurize, but couldn't find
I was going to leave it for a while. Just check the coolant level.
My son happened to come by last night and he has phenom eyes.
Coolant level was fine.
He spotted green on the seam by the upper hose. Really hidden.
I could barely see it even when he pointed me to it.
We took out the airbox to check for a leaking hose, cranked the clamp
a bit, and restarted. He saw it seeping at the seam, not the hose.
I couldn't see it myself.
First thing I thought was I'd go get some stopleak to put in.
Then he told me the tanks are plastic. I forgot about that.
This morning I drove the wife the six miles to work in the Grand Am.
Don't trust plastic, don't want her stranded if the tank blows off,
and don't want a tow bill.
Five days ago I got back from a 2500 mile drive with the car.
So I consider the timing lucky.
Local O'Reilly's has the radiator for $126. Time for new hoses too.
Son and I will replace Friday after he gets off work.
I still don't believe in jinxes. Except maybe the Cubs.