Question about Radiator Leak........

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Earlier today, I was topping off my washer fluid and noticed my coolant level in the reservoir had dropped a couple of inches :hmm:

It was very hot today, so I didn't think much of it as the level usually fluctuates with the weather :meh:

Just pulled into my driveway about an hour ago and while I was unloading some gear, I spotted this minor drip :eek:

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Checked the hoses and the reservoir, but it was dripping down from the chassis directly below the radiator :frown:

Checked the radiator and found this....

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Is this a common place for these radiators to spring a leak?

The reason I ask is because this is where the power cable for my secondary battery is routed :hmm:

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Just curious if this is a normal occurrence or if it's possible that the power cable is creating some form of electrolysis that might cause it to deteriorate :hmm:

I already have a new radiator, mounts, hoses, clamps and T-stat arriving tomorrow :cool:
 
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Is this a common place for these radiators to spring a leak?

Thats exactly where mine failed. Same side even; PS on the front seam. Not sure if that makes it common but I think the tank just cracked. At least new parts are already inbound! :clap: Also, I wouldn't drive it too much, if it can be helped. Mine started out looking like that when I noticed it, and after a only a few hours of driving had begun to *really* leak.
 
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OK, I guess I can leave the cable in the same spot then :cool:

Which radiator did you replace yours with?

My dealer had 2 aluminum radiators in their warehouse and will be delivered at my shop in the morning, but they said they could get an older style (brass) radiator by Monday :hmm:

I went with the aluminum since it's my main ride and I don't want to wait :meh:
 
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My wife's LX was leaking in the same spot and I'm in the middle of replacing it right now. Just waiting on Cdan's stuff to show up.:)
 
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o great all this talk of radiators and now my original one will spring a leak next week or something haha
 
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All plastic/aluminum radiators will fail at the seam sooner or later. For your sake, I hope a Koyo shows up. I have a 1917 CSF on the shelf, it hasn't moved in eons, and I sell radiators. I ordered a Koyo for my brother's L/C after I snapped off the nipple.

Having the benefit of seeing which ones fail across the board (all makes), CSF v. Koyo, it's Koyo that wins. But the margin is not large.

I couldn't begin to tell you how many Denso radiators and compressors fail these days. Thankfully they do though.
 
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OK, I guess I can leave the cable in the same spot then :cool:

Which radiator did you replace yours with?

My dealer had 2 aluminum radiators in their warehouse and will be delivered at my shop in the morning, but they said they could get an older style (brass) radiator by Monday :hmm:

I went with the aluminum since it's my main ride and I don't want to wait :meh:

I went with the early toyota brass/copper/whatever one solely based on price. I think mine blew at the same time the PO blew the HG. 170k out of a radiator is not horrible IMO.
 
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Some update pix


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Everything went smoothly except for a few rusty bolts and a P/S hose that refused to budge :doh:

Didn't want to cut it, so I poured some boiling hot water on it for a few minutes and managed to muscle it off :cool:

Made sure every bolt got a coat of anti-seize before going back together....
 

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