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post #1 of 7 Old 08-28-2013, 07:32 PM Thread Starter
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About 2 years ago my car started to overheat. I noticed the coolant looked abnormally rusty. Took it to a mechanic, he says he flushed it thoroughly and replaced the water pump which he said was the problem. About 2 weeks ago it started to overheat again. When I got home and popped the hood, I saw the entire front of the engine was covered in what seemed to be the same rusty look. I flushed the radiator and cleaned out a lot of that what seems to be rusty. Then added coolant and some radiator bars leak on a recommendation from a friend that I trust with that knowledge. Car then ran good for awhile. Then 2 days ago I went outside to a small drip of coolant coming from the passenger side of the radiator. When I started the car I instantly smelled the coolant and had a lot of the rusty colored coolant leaking from the entire front of the radiator. After about a minute it stopped leaking and it hasn't overheated or leaked again since. Any help will be appreciated as I would like to save money if I can do anything myself.

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post #2 of 7 Old 08-28-2013, 08:46 PM
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post #3 of 7 Old 08-28-2013, 09:24 PM
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First you need a new radiator
second hopefully you can flush all of that da** stop leak out of the system, not good using it
You should also swap out the thermostat and possibly the water pump since you put that stop leak in
Did you use the right type of coolant ?

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post #4 of 7 Old 08-28-2013, 09:26 PM
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Replace the radiator(common leak on KJ's) and flush again to get that stop leak out of the system ASAP.Make sure to use the correct HOAT coolant,do not use any coolant that say's--"all makes/models" or "universal".Do not use any coolant made by prestone,they do not make any HOAT coolant.

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post #6 of 7 Old 09-06-2013, 11:01 AM
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Any suggestions of when I should flush a 2002 with no problems? I'm a firm believer of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it"... This is the longest I've owned a jeep and I have never changed any fluids yet.
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Have no idea what kind of miles you have on your 02, but best guess is that you should be on flush number 3 by now.

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