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Old 05-16-2015, 04:31 PM   #1
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Default new silla rad leaking at the drain hole

yet another issue has come up

I replaced the rad with a new silla brand during the rebuild project, and while putting the front end back together the other day I noticed fluid under the car (still on jack stands). I've ran the car a couple dozen times since getting it back together to where I could start it, and of course first thing i did was check for leaks and multiple times after the first start with no issues found.
Well now it seems to be leaking out of the drain hole which I thought that maybe the plug wasn't tight or vibrated loose since it wasn't leaking in a dozen or more other starts and runs (anywhere from 15 to over an hour run times).
I have the plug as tight as I can get it, and it still has a drip, after running the car for about an hour or so now the reservoir is down about 1/4 inch or so.
I can't return the rad as defective as I no longer have the packaging, I could order another one swap it with my current one, and send that back as defective but that would be kinda shady not to mention I would still have to eat the shipping.
I don't care about the drain hole/plug as I never intended to use it anyway, I had thought about trying to plug the hole with epoxy to seal it, or maybe find a plastic rod that will fit in it then melt the end over with a soldering iron, but I don't know if it would then just leak out of where the plug itself screws in.
I'm not a fan of "stop leak" type fixes, but I think I've read on here that you can use black pepper or ground ginger and that they did that at the factory?
Any thoughts would be appreciated-

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Old 05-16-2015, 04:53 PM   #2
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Old 05-16-2015, 04:59 PM   #3
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Default Re: new silla rad leaking at the drain hole

I bought it off Amazon, thanks to member 2000SL2SC2!
2000SL2SC2 sent me a PM after I had posted about my old one leaking at the trans line fittings, it's not listed as a Silla but as 2000SL2SC2 told me that's what came and that's also what I got.

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Old 05-16-2015, 06:25 PM   #4
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Old 05-16-2015, 06:55 PM   #5
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I've read on here that you can use black pepper or ground ginger and that they did that at the factory?
Any thoughts would be appreciated-
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Default Re: new silla rad leaking at the drain hole

Ginger tablets were used, think it was more of a conditioner for the head gasket rather than be a form of stop leak.

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There is an o-ring on the plug. Back it out and re-close it. Do not over tighten or it will leak.

Silla drain plug with o-ring. http://imgur.com/0IoYi6T

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