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Unread 02-01-2014, 05:53 PM   #1
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Radiator Leaking with Photo

I think I have a leak in my 2000 Jeep TJ radiator or radiator hose and not sure where it is coming from.

I've attached a photo of where the antifreeze is collecting on the bottom of the radiator.




Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks

Doug

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Unread 02-01-2014, 07:47 PM   #2
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Standard practice is to replace your hoses with your radiator since it's cheap insurance, so either way you should be covered.
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Unread 02-01-2014, 07:53 PM   #3
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If you are still on the stock radiator, consider yourself lucky. I have been living with a leaky radiator for about 7 years. Just bit the bullet and ordered a Champion 3-row all aluminum radiator and new hoses. Will be replacing in the next week or so.
Repairing a stock Jeep radiator is really not possible.
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Unread 02-01-2014, 08:47 PM   #4
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Try and find the telltale green trail...coolant will leave a green mark usually. I agree that you don't want to go replacing your radiator if it was in fact your fan clutch, or water pump and it was just collecting there. Look at the bottom of the lower hose too.

If you do end up replacing the radiator I'd go with another OEM. There are lots of threads on which is the best radiator but remember, how long did the original last?
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Unread 02-01-2014, 08:54 PM   #5
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How about doing a pressure test if you think its the radiator.
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Unread 02-01-2014, 09:32 PM   #6
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That's the same place mine was pooling up and it was the radiator, it had been leaking for 2 or 3 years and I finally got sick of it and replaced it with another one from jeep, the first one made it 175,000 miles until it got changed it.
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Unread 02-02-2014, 04:40 AM   #7
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Ok.

I just had this replaced about 3 years ago.

Maybe it's still under warranty.

How difficult is it to replace?

Last time it was around $700

thanks.
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Unread 02-02-2014, 08:06 AM   #8
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Ok.

I just had this replaced about 3 years ago.

Maybe it's still under warranty.

How difficult is it to replace?

Last time it was around $700

thanks.
I replaced my radiator in less than 30 minutes. If you can change your spark plugs, then you can replace the radiator. I'd stick with the OE radiator as well.
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Unread 02-02-2014, 08:28 AM   #9
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Do it yourself! The work itself is easy, and quick to do. The worst part about changing a rad is driving yourself nuts for a few weeks, trying to think if that's a leak you can smell or not.
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Unread 02-02-2014, 08:43 AM   #10
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If you're in there I'd replace the tstat for good measure
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