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I have reason to believe that my rad is leaking. I've done a lot over the last few months trying to handle a growing heat and water leakage problem. Right now I go through a gallon of distilled every half month or so <_<.

After yesterday's barb changing, etc etc I still see an abnormal water usage... Way higher than regular bleeding.

So how do I handle a rad leak? some other threads mention JB weld or just spraypainting over it..... But what do we do in 2011?

Edit: Just came from the garage and found some putty stuff that can seal leaks in faucets etc and also some black spraypaint. I'm skeptical about the putty because it might get into the water.

Also I might have a pretty big algae problem. Before yesterday I'd average around 40c, right now I'm averaging 50. House is fairly cool.

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Edited by Plasma - 10/5/11 at 9:19pm
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do you see it leaking? jb weld would be the best thing, don't know why u would use spray paint that would just make it cool worse lol.
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It's really damp near the bottom of the rad. When I shined light on it I could see water collecting there. I don't see the actual leak, but that could be arranged with a bit of effort. Maybe a hose with it turned horizontally.
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Fill the hole with solder, had to do that to mine in 2 places a few days ago, been working perfectly since.
    
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Awesome, now I just need to find the hole ><. I have tons of solder... should be easy enough.
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Yeah, take it out of the case, run the loop and inspect around the area you see drips from, thats how I found the ones in mine smile.gif. Since mine were where the screws go, I had to cut and bend back the fan mount, my Rad doesnt look so good, but it works tongue.gif
    
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I went through all that dumb trouble and it ended up not being the rad. After an unsuccessful attempt to find a leak, I opened the cpu block to clean it quite randomly and it was so blocked off it was ridiculous. The inside of it was practically stained black also.

Temps are fine now. I guess that was what was eating my water =/. Thanks everyone... +rep to ya
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Plasma;15229614 
I went through all that dumb trouble and it ended up not being the rad. After an unsuccessful attempt to find a leak, I opened the cpu block to clean it quite randomly and it was so blocked off it was ridiculous. The inside of it was practically stained black also.

Temps are fine now. I guess that was what was eating my water =/. Thanks everyone... +rep to ya

are you using black dye by chance?
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I just plugged one line out on the rad. Drained all water. Fill sink or bathtub with water. Held rad under water. Blew in other line. If there is a hole the bubbles will show up in the water. Make note of location. Solder hole shut. Repeat until no bubbles.

D

EDIT: Just saw it was a clogged block...well...for anyone else looking. That is a sure fire way of checking for a leak.

D
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ShortySmalls;15229799 
are you using black dye by chance?
Negative. Just plain distilled with a silver coil. Was weird.
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I just plugged one line out on the rad. Drained all water. Fill sink or bathtub with water. Held rad under water. Blew in other line. If there is a hole the bubbles will show up in the water. Make note of location. Solder hole shut. Repeat until no bubbles.

D

EDIT: Just saw it was a clogged block...well...for anyone else looking. That is a sure fire way of checking for a leak.

D
I actually did that and didn't get any bubbles. At one point I thought that there might have been some sort of blockage in the rad. I got so bored trying to figure out how to handle it that I left pure alcohol in the rad for like 3 hours while I was playing ps3. It wasn't the rad ofc.
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