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post #1 of 18 Old 01-17-2012, 11:18 PM Thread Starter
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Please help me with my constant radiator problem!

Hello everyone,

I have used all my knowledge, and almost three years later im here, asking for the help of all you knowledgeable jeepers. Okay so, three years ago my stock radiator went out so I bought a new one from Quadratec. I bought a $500 aluminum one. Six months later... it started to leak. I got it returned and replaced and had it professionally installed. Once again six months later it started to leak. I called took it to a radiator shop and they said the core was leaking so they "fixed it". Well a week later is started leaking again. For the third time i got a new one and installed it along with a brand new water pump... guess what!... six months later it started leaking again! I went back to a stock radiator and thought i was finished with this BS. The reason im asking for everyones help is because this radiator is now leaking and i am at a loss for words. Please help me...

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post #2 of 18 Old 01-17-2012, 11:26 PM
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Where is it leaking from the radiators?
You may just have the radiator curse for awhile??? I have never seen or heard of so many issues with radiators.
Have you flushed the cooling system?
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My first question is, with each radiator, was it leaking from the same place or different places each time? My second question is, what do the people at the shop who did the installations say?

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On the aluminum radiators it was leaking from the bottom right corner if your looking at the front of the jeep. On the stock plastic one, its coming from the seams at the top. And yes i flushed it every time i put the new radiator on.
I hope i dont have a curse!
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The reason im asking for everyones help is because this radiator is now leaking and i am at a loss for words. Please help me...
How about "I'm going to get a refund and buy a stock OEM radiator like many will suggest."

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The people at the shop said the aluminum radiator could have developed a leak from bending the core or electrolysis.
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i have a stock one on there now.
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i have a stock one on there now.
A brand new stock one? As in one from the dealer or an auto parts store?

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Could something be loose or tweaked, causing the mounting locations for the radiator to flex and damage it?

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Well on the plastic radiators that is where all of em seem to go to leaking...yours just happen to go to leaking sonner than most do.
The aluminum units could have just been defective units.

You have had a bad run of radiators that is for sure.
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Could something be loose or tweaked, causing the mounting locations for the radiator to flex and damage it?
The grill supports the radiator, it would have to be broken.
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post #12 of 18 Old 01-17-2012, 11:42 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah a brand new stock one from a jeep dealer.
I even added rubber grommets in between the mount and the radiator so cut down on vibration.
This makes me want to rip everything out and start over to create the perfect, leak free, jeep.
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The people at the shop said the aluminum radiator could have developed a leak from bending the core or electrolysis.
Bending the core? How or Why? Was there a reason it would be bent?

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Yeah a brand new stock one from a jeep dealer.
I even added rubber grommets in between the mount and the radiator so cut down on vibration.
This makes me want to rip everything out and start over to create the perfect, leak free, jeep.
There are too many Jeeps runnin around without the issues your having.

It's just a run of bad luck, get the new one warrantied.
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What kind of radiator cap are you using. 18 Lb cap?

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