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Does anyone know what the average car shop will charge for fixing a radiator? I got a PA 120.3 from a guy who says that it leaks, but he can't tell where the leak is coming from. I've already purchased it, figured it's worth it for only 30 bucks. Do you think it is fixable, and how much should it cost?

Pictures of the radiator in question here.
post #2 of 20
hmmm I think some more jb weld somewhere down there would seal it up, not sure though. You'd need some better pictures and to look at it for yourself.
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How much does a tube of JB weld cost, and can I get it at lowes/ autozone type stores?

I'm pretty excited that I got a 150 radiator for 30. I just hope I can fix it up.
post #4 of 20
yeah or walmart, anywhere really, it's easy to find and only a couple bucks. It's a two part cold weld that needs to be mixed up like epoxy.
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take the radiator, and place something over the inlet/outlet to make it temporarily air tight (like your fingers).

Then submerge it evenly in a bathtub or basin filled with water. Find where the bubbles are coming from.

That will determine if it is fixable or not, most likely you should be able to fix it with some JB weld or hot glue or something.
    
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Originally Posted by trueg50 View Post
take the radiator, and place something over the inlet/outlet to make it temporarily air tight (like your fingers).

Then submerge it evenly in a bathtub or basin filled with water. Find where the bubbles are coming from.

That will determine if it is fixable or not, most likely you should be able to fix it with some JB weld or hot glue or something.
Good idea, I hadn't thought of that. +rep to you both.
post #7 of 20
QuikSteel
I've used it on car radiators and such. A small PC radiator won't need anything more serious than this. Just pressure test the radiator and find the leak. The Quiksteel is a two part epoxy, just cut off the amount you need, knead it to a uniform color and push onto the leak. Sets in ~an hour.

Best/cheapest fix. A car shop won't fix it, they dont fix radiators, they just buy new ones. A local Jr. college with a welding program would fix it. Here at our college I've had the students weld/braze (sp?) up some parts for me. They enjoy the practice and dont charge, and I get it fixed for free.

But the QuikSteel will work. Found at Advance Auto Parts/Autozone for <$5.

Edit: This is better than JB Weld. Jb is more liquid and runny. This quiksteel is a paste, much more workable, and cures faster.
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+1 for quikSteel, it's fantastic stuff and i've used it for waaaaaay too much stuff I shouldn't have busted up in the first place. ( i didnt mean to crash my prelude into the back of a drunk driver and be sitting with a busted radiator... or go through a hot water pipe in the basement)

quiksteel should do fine..
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Thanks guys, +rep

Hopefully I can salvage the radiator for 1/5 the price of a new one
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Thanks guys, +rep

Hopefully I can salvage the radiator for 1/5 the price of a new one
its also more hardcore than having a brand new radiator. chicks dig guys that say "yeah, this dude wrecked this thing, then i bought it cheap and brought it back to life... how about a hug?"
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