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Old 05-18-2006, 02:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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when i went to change my oil i saw that i had some coolant leaking. I looked more in depth and found a hole in my radiator. So im now in the market for a new radiator. Im looking at pelican parts and i dont know which radiator to get, i can either buy a behr, a nissens, or a laengerer and reich. is there much of a difference between any of them?

Also i decided to get a new waterpump and change belts while im working on the engine. Is there any other preventative maintenance work i should do to my car? my car has 140k miles on it. Only things ive really done are change oil, plugs, and fuel filter. Im waiting on coolant, transmission filter, and microfilter to come in so i can change all that. Anything else i should do at the moment?
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Old 05-18-2006, 10:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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u should do the thermostat + housing while you're doin the waterpump.
why u buying a new radiator, u could just get it fixed!?
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Old 05-19-2006, 06:44 AM   #3 (permalink)
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If your lucky enough to have a place near you that does good radiator repairs, then you can pull that one out and get it fixed for less than $60. That is, if it's worth fixing mileage-wise; they should be replaced every 80k or so.

If you're gonna buy a new one, there's not a lot of difference between the behr, nissens, or laengerer and reich radiators. The hose fittings will be slightly different looking, but they will all work with your current setup, no changes or mods necessary. I went with the nissens because it's the cheapest, and I'm happy with it. I would, however suggest you get new upper and lower hoses, since your old ones may not seal properly onto a new radiator.
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