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Old 10-23-2011, 10:51 AM   #1
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Default Cracked Radiator

Well, damn. Car started overheating last night flashing both the temp and coolant level lights. I opened the hood this morning to find a 2 inch vertical crack running down the plastic tanks of the radiator.
I checked out Richpins vid, removal and replacment seem easy enough. Im guessing, since theyre plastic, they just go out overtime and I shouldnt be looking for a cause?

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Old 10-23-2011, 11:05 AM   #2
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Yep -- those plastic end tanks are prone to cracking and leaking. There's another thread going on in the mods section where AMR is making an all-aluminum radiator that won't have this problem if you're interested. Kind of spendy but it's the last radiator you'll ever need for your car, so the upfront expense is worth if imo. Also, I believe there's some leadtime involved before they'll be able to get the part to you, so not sure if you can wait.

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Old 10-23-2011, 11:05 AM   #3
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Common failure. Use either a Delphi or Silla radiator or you will be replacing it again real soon. You can find bot the Delphi and Silla radiators on ebay or Amazon.

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Old 10-23-2011, 09:28 PM   #4
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i guess the many heat/cold cycles eventually takes it's toll on the plastic. would'nt an oem replacement last the longest?

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Old 10-23-2011, 10:30 PM   #5
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The cost of an OEM part is prohibitive when the Delphi is OEM and the Silla is just as good.

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Old 10-23-2011, 11:01 PM   #6
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The cost of an OEM part is prohibitive when the Delphi is OEM and the Silla is just as good.
you mean the delphi is the exact same radiator as one from a saturn dealer?

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Old 10-23-2011, 11:57 PM   #7
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you mean the delphi is the exact same radiator as one from a saturn dealer?
That is what he is saying, yes. Many of the OEM parts are Delphi. If you order a Delphi you should be OK, Silla, also OK, do not buy anything else.

Here is a picture of the identifying markings on an OEM radiator that came out of the Spring Hill assembly plant, you will see GM/Harrison at the top, "325" in the middle, and a circle with "Johnson Controls" at the bottom. On the left you see the manufacture date, 08/06/98.

Newer production may have different markings, but may say Delphi or GM.
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Old 10-24-2011, 09:07 PM   #8
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That is what he is saying, yes. Many of the OEM parts are Delphi. If you order a Delphi you should be OK, Silla, also OK, do not buy anything else.

Here is a picture of the identifying markings on an OEM radiator that came out of the Spring Hill assembly plant, you will see GM/Harrison at the top, "325" in the middle, and a circle with "Johnson Controls" at the bottom. On the left you see the manufacture date, 08/06/98.

Newer production may have different markings, but may say Delphi or GM.
what is the delphi price vs one from an online saturn parts dealer?

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Old 10-24-2011, 09:26 PM   #9
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Delphi RA1145 Radiator at Amazon is $77.00 with Amazon Prime This is the 94-02 Saturn radiator.

OEM part number 52476876

Saturn OEM Parts Source
GM Parts Giant- http://www.gmpartsgiant.com/
GM Parts Direct- http://www.gmpartsdirect.com/
Get Saturn Parts- http://www.trademotion.com/splash/in...?siteid=214643
Your local dealers - http://www.partsvoice.com/

http://www.gmpartsgiant.com/parts/gm...-52476876.html 253.00+ship

GM Parts Direct is only 220.00+ship

So, its Delphi or Silla or fail and if you want OEM you will need a bank loan..

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Old 10-25-2011, 07:16 PM   #10
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Delphi RA1145 Radiator at Amazon is $77.00 with Amazon Prime This is the 94-02 Saturn radiator.

OEM part number 52476876

Saturn OEM Parts Source
GM Parts Giant- http://www.gmpartsgiant.com/
GM Parts Direct- http://www.gmpartsdirect.com/
Get Saturn Parts- http://www.trademotion.com/splash/in...?siteid=214643
Your local dealers - http://www.partsvoice.com/

http://www.gmpartsgiant.com/parts/gm...-52476876.html 253.00+ship

GM Parts Direct is only 220.00+ship

So, its Delphi or Silla or fail and if you want OEM you will need a bank loan..
wow that's a hell of a difference. i thought they would be closer in price. i'll remember that when i need one.

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