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post #1 of 10 Old 07-28-2011, 04:18 PM Thread Starter
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Radiator coolant leak

If your looking at the front of the jeep, the bottum right is dripping collant when it hits operating tempeture, it always has dripped coolant, but at a low low speed, low enough for it not to be a problem, i would just add coolant every 2 weeks, but i just hit a fence, only at like 3 mph and it made the leak worse, its a constant drip now at operating temp, i see where it drips, its just on the left of the part that attaches the radiator in on the bottum right... Is it possible to seal the leaking area with some sort of substance? Or any other way i can fix this without having to get a whole new radiator?

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post #2 of 10 Old 07-28-2011, 04:22 PM
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Pics? You've confirmed it's the rad and not the lower hose, or the water pump seeping down the lower hose?
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post #3 of 10 Old 07-28-2011, 04:23 PM Thread Starter
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Sec let me see if i can get some light on it for some pics
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post #4 of 10 Old 07-28-2011, 04:26 PM Thread Starter
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Looks like a pretty big gash

Edit: actually thats just metal housing for the hose, soo its gotta be torn inside there right if thats where its dripping
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post #5 of 10 Old 07-28-2011, 04:31 PM
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Hard to tell, and just saw you have the v8. I'm used the the l6. Did you have a mystery coolant loss for awhile? No spotting or leaks, but definitely adding coolant regularly?
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post #6 of 10 Old 07-28-2011, 04:34 PM Thread Starter
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Hard to tell, and just saw you have the v8. I'm used the the l6. Did you have a mystery coolant loss for awhile? No spotting or leaks, but definitely adding coolant regularly?
Yeah its always been dripping really slowly from that area for awhile, its never been a big enough problem to give it priority to fix, i would just add coolant when low, but i just hit a fence and now it leaks so fast, a full tank of coolant will prob be gone in 10 miles now.

P.s. How can you tell i have a v8?
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post #7 of 10 Old 07-28-2011, 04:38 PM
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Either it's gouged or nasty rotted out. When mine finally gave away to rot it was physically leaking.
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post #8 of 10 Old 07-28-2011, 04:40 PM Thread Starter
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Either it's gouged or nasty rotted out. When mine finally gave away to rot it was physically leaking.
What do u recommend on fixxing it? Could i just rehose it? Simple as that?
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post #9 of 10 Old 07-28-2011, 05:10 PM
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If you have a cooling system pressure checker you can remove whatever shrouds are in the way and see what specifically is leaking. Rad isn't that hard to do.
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post #10 of 10 Old 07-28-2011, 05:18 PM
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I think its the seal between the rad and the plastic rad tank its common for the plastic tanks to start leaking on any rad with the plastic tanks... If i was working on a car and seen a leak like that and in the area of the plastic tank i would just change the rad.

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