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Old 11-16-2018, 12:58 AM   #1
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It goes against who I am to even post this, but I am in a tight spot. My radiator has a leak, and it looks like it is leaking where the plastic meets metal on the drivers side. I am against this, but I am wondering if there is anything that could be safely used in the system to plug the leak without doing ANY kind of other harm? It is a 95 SL2 with an automatic so the radiator has the trans cooler on the side with the leak.

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Old 11-16-2018, 01:51 AM   #2
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Look up K Seal. Itís a copper/ceramic based product. I cracked a new radiator an my explorer in a rear end accident. K seal fixed the leak right up. It Works great and wonít hurt anything else.

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Old 11-16-2018, 10:06 AM   #3
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Just replace it. I got one at our local NAPA for 99.99 before tax. If you pour anything in there you run the risk of plugging your system and ruining your car.

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Old 11-16-2018, 10:06 AM   #4
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For so little money ($42), and shipped right from California too.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Radiato...hb1k:rk:7:pf:0

Or google Silla radiators for a little more money.

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Old 11-16-2018, 10:21 AM   #5
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The plastic is known to crack in that area over time due to expansion and contraction. While some have fixed the crack temporarily it almost always results in eventually replacing the radiator. Save yourself some time and aggravation and just replace it.

Here's what it looks like front and back. It typically hemorrhages into the engine bay as it did in this case.







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May want to do some reading - I don't think it gets good until around page 2 or 3, as the early attempts failed shortly afterwards

http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=153794

edit: original fix lasted about 15 months, see post 46 for a longer lasting one

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Old 11-16-2018, 01:38 PM   #7
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Under $50, just replace it and save yourself the headaches.

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Old 11-16-2018, 02:46 PM   #8
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I am a strong believer that repairs in a bottle are bad. This is an easy replacement.

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Old 11-16-2018, 05:34 PM   #9
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I am a strong believer that repairs in a bottle are bad. This is an easy replacement.
I strongly agree and am too, but right now I cannot replace it. I won't be able to confirm it until I remove the radiator but there is a 75% chance it was purposely damaged. When the engine and radiator is fully cold, and I start the engine, thats when it just pours out about 1/6 to 1/4 of the coolant tank is lost during warm up, but when Its warmed up I only lose tiny amounts, and zero amount if I relieve the system pressure once fully hot.

On a related note, I plan to buy a radiator from RockAuto for my 95 SL2 Automatic, and I don't think I can buy ACDelco, so I am wondering if, among the other brands, there is any brand for my car from there that I should AVOID?

And another related, if there is any actual number on how much transmission fluid is lost during the swap when engine is warmed up, so I know I have enough fluid on hand.

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Old 11-16-2018, 06:04 PM   #10
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The Delphi was OE for a few years, but I'm not sure about 95. Some are still available for ~120 on ebay.

That said, for the price point on RA, I would certainly get the Denso if not going with Delphi. I've used Denso radiators on other vehicles with absolutely no problem when OE is no longer available. I wouldn't bother with the Spectra based on personal experience when working on a rush repair for family.

You won't lose much transmission fluid on the repair. A quart on hand will be more than is needed.

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