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Old 05-28-2004, 08:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok, I noticed this moorning that my radiator started a small leak on the top right hand corner would you guys recomend a compound type to stop the leak or just replace the durn thing!!!!!!!!! please advice
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If it's leaking from the lines you're pretty much screwed. You'll need a new rad. I've heard of people welding in metal to patch it up, but most shops won't even do it for you as it isn't worth it and in most cases it won't even fix the problem.

Try to find a used rad. I can help you find one if you need it. A new one can run you $400+ from the dealer. Just a couple weeks ago I got a used one for Less than $100.

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JB WELD Baby!

wouldnt hurt to try...
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Old 05-29-2004, 07:11 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I guess I have to say thank God is not from the lines but from the top box itself, I like the idea of of a used one paying $100 bucks for it, I am in Dallas Tx.
Does anyone Knows a good place to get one around here just in case I can't seal it?
Thanks for the advice!
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Go for a new one because you live in a hot area. It hurt when the engine got damaged by a broken radiator.
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go for a new one... i paid $250 for a new one with install.... broken radiators are very common on E36s
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go for a new one... broken radiators are very common on E36s
Yes they are. And sudden failure can lead to serious repairs. Is it leaking towards the top by the neck? IF so a lot of that is plastic (cant be welded). As with the water pump, upgrading the radiator to a better aftermarket unit is a very good idea. It fixes one of the very few shortcomings of the e36's overall design.

Something like this would be a good investment {HERE}
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