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Unread 07-30-2011, 04:17 PM   #1
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Radiator Problems

I went wheeling last night on a friends property. Nothing to crazy just some fields and small trails. I may have spun a donut or two but this isn't easy in a Jeep on dry grass. I also hit a plastic 55 Gallon drum and I heard a loud scraping noise in the engine compartment.

Didn't investigate till today at home... When I went outside there was a large puddle of antifreeze under the Jeep. Poured some water in the radiator and it all came out the bottom. Proceeded to remove the radiator and found a huge gash in the fins toward the bottom, and some marks on the shroud. The strange part is there was no bent fins on the fan, only a few marks on the ends of the fins.

I'm just hoping it was a stick or something and I don't have broken motor mounts. I wish I could post a pic of it here.

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Unread 07-30-2011, 04:36 PM   #2
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That's no radiator problem. That's your problem running over **** you're not suppose to...
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Unread 07-30-2011, 04:49 PM   #3
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What about a gash in the bottom of your radiator would make you worry about motor mounts? Seems pretty clear that when you were driving around like an idiot a stick, stump, 55 gallon drum, etc. got up there and tore a hole. Replace the radiator, put a radiator skid on and drive smarter going forward.
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Unread 07-30-2011, 07:25 PM   #4
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Is my best choice for a radiator an OEM, or are radiator barns offering decent?

I also found a radiator skid guard on quadratec for $60.

I wasn't looking for sympathy or driving advice. Just sharing a story, and seeing if anyone else has experienced the same thing.
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Unread 07-30-2011, 07:31 PM   #5
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Is my best choice for a radiator an OEM, or are radiator barns offering decent?
OEM, yep.
Radiatorbarn.com, nope ...IMO
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Unread 07-30-2011, 07:52 PM   #6
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Just buy an autozone radiator. Its oem design... just a chinese knock off most likely. I'm running one and havent had any problems in over a year (knock on wood.) Plus there is a pretty decent warranty on it. I think mine is a lifetime warranty. I can't remember.

Just make sure that after you change out your radiator, you burp the air out of the cooling system. Make sure to get all the air out or you will def have overheating problems.
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Unread 07-30-2011, 07:58 PM   #7
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OEM, yep.
Radiatorbarn.com, nope ...IMO
X2, otherwise you will be doing it again in the near future.
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Unread 07-30-2011, 08:30 PM   #8
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OEM. But this time around make sure you don't jack it up the way you did with the old one...
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