View Full Version : radiator ?
04-18-2007, 09:24 PM
So I finally figure out where the heck my radiator is leaking from,plastic top has a crack in it.
Question now is should I buy a new one from ebay or just get a used honda brand one from craigslist? Does it really matter my car has 110,000 on it I'm going to sell it by the end of this year.
I have a 98 Civic Ex Manual.
04-18-2007, 10:27 PM
How much of a crack? Perhaps you could get away with using some epoxy to patch it.
04-19-2007, 12:39 AM
It probably won't matter which one you get, unless you really stress the cooling system (rev it a lot, live in AZ, etc). My personal preference would be a used OEM one if it's clean inside and the fins are all pristine or nearly so. OEM radiators are more efficient that cheap aftermarket ones.
I haven't had much success with patching radiator leaks. The surfaces expand and contract, pushing outward against the patch while simultaneously pulling sideways on the bond area. It might work better if done from the inside of the radiator, but IMO I'd rather pony up than risk an overheat (plus if pieces break off inside they could knick the pump blades or jam the thermostat open).
04-19-2007, 07:58 AM
PepBoys/Kragen - radiator $110.oo
Ebay - ~$50.oo
Honda dealership - $286.oo - Hmmmm NO!
Yeah my car occasionally rev....
04-19-2007, 01:31 PM
maybe shop for a new car sooner it's going to hard to let this car go........ :-(
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