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Radiator Leak! Should I buy a new one!? HELP!

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Hey guys my radiator leaked, and XSPC claimed the screws were put in wrong. I put them through the holes and used the scews they provided so just whatever. I called local Auto Shops and they basically don't like to repair them because they say it will just leak again. So should I buy a new radiator? New or used? I really don't want to deal with XSPC's rude custom support, but if I have too I will. What about the MCR320 by Swiftech, or is the RX360 just that much better. I purchased XSPC Rasa 750 RX360 kit so I already have fans. All I need is a new radiator. Please advise me and help me make a good decision. My budget is $70 or less. If someone with knowledge recommends used radiators and have one for sale I may be able to take one off your hands. Lastly, I am cooling my GTX 580 with a danger den copper block, my i5 2500k with XSPC block and using the XSPC Dual 5.25 Reservoir bay.




PS: The fans I am using are the XSPC ones that came with the kit.





Thank you,

Thomas Lopez
post #2 of 4
Did you send it in and they determined that you punctured it? Or did you just contact them and they assumed that you punctured it?
If they have never even seen it and you did not in fact puncture it then keep pressing them on it.

If you really don't want to deal with them and you can figure out where the leak is, and you can access it, you could try some jbweld, though you are going to want to thoroughly leak test it before putting it back in your system.
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Wait, do I use JB Weld or JB Weld - Water Weld? I bought both at Wal mart and will return the one I don't need. Please advise.

Attached are some photos of what I am talking about:


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Now the water weld:


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Thank you,

Thomas Lopez
post #4 of 4
If you can find the pin hole and have a good strong soldering iron, you are better off soldering the holes shut by using some good flux and soldering.

I poked about three holes in an old MCR320 several years ago using screws that were too long. I soldered them shut and have continued using that old radiator for many years later. Never had any problems with it, worked as good as new after the repair.

JB weld should probably work too if you sand down the damaged area well enough. I've used it before on an aluminum dirt bike radiator leak I had a while back and it held up pretty well also.

Solder is just a more permanent fix though if you can do that. That is after all how the radiator is put together.

JB weld will get you by though..thumb.gif
    
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