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I just got all my water cooling parts in the mail (from Petra's ) and have run into a teeny problem. My Swiftech MCR320 rad didn't come with any screws, but I had also ordered the Swiftech Radbox rev. 1 and thought to just use those screws to connect the radbox to the fans to the radiator. (following the instructions in the guide for the radbox on the Swiftech website)
I started the leak test and, to my surprise, water started gushing from my radiator! It turns out the screws that came with the radbox that the Swiftech guide said to use were too long and had punctured the waterlines inside. I called Swiftech to try and RMA it, but they would not replace it due to "user error" *rolls eyes* They didn't seem to understand that it was their product that caused the problem.

So my question is, what is the best way to plug up the punctured waterlines? What I have read has said J-B Weld. Also, what length and type of screws SHOULD I use?

Anyone who can help me is an absolute life-saver
Edited by Valicious - 12/20/08 at 10:24am
post #2 of 19
put an egg yolk in it! Hahah just kidding, sorry for the bad joke, I know you aren't in the mood for jokes . Maybe take it by a radiator shop, they might be able to solder the puncture!
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post #3 of 19
Clip the fins around the hole and push them back out of the way as best you can, sand the paint off and solder a little brass or copper patch over it.

If you cant do that do the same thing but try a little J& B weld in the hole, try not to push any into your rad.
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post #4 of 19
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Thanks so much ira, I would rep you but
I'll see if I can harvest something from my old, dead compy.

Any info on screws?
Edited by Valicious - 12/20/08 at 10:49am
post #5 of 19
Don't feel bad I did the same thing once..

I replaced the rad with a new one and instead of using screws I use ZipTies for all of that and don't deal with the screws because of it.

Sorry for your loss but they are tricking and make sure to measure next time.. Not much clearance between the mounting holes and the water fins/lines
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post #6 of 19
If you pre-solder the little piece of brass or copper with solder on one side it will be easier to solder it to the rad. That way you can just hold it in place and apply heat to the side facing you, with a little luck it will solder it in place well enough like that.

Hope you can get it patched up without to many problems...
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post #7 of 19
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Originally Posted by Valicious View Post
I just got all my water cooling parts in the mail (from Petra's ) and have run into a teeny problem. My Swiftech MCR320 rad didn't come with any screws, but I had also ordered the Swiftech Radbox rev. 1 and thought to just use those screws to connect the radbox to the fans to the radiator. (following the instructions in the guide for the radbox on the Swiftech website)
I started the leak test and, to my surprise, water started gushing from my radiator! It turns out the screws that came with the radbox that the Swiftech guide said to use were too long and had punctured the waterlines inside. I called Swiftech to try and RMA it, but they would not replace it due to "user error" *rolls eyes* They didn't seem to understand that it was their product that caused the problem.

So my question is, what is the best way to plug up the punctured waterlines? What I have read has said J-B Weld. Also, what length and type of screws SHOULD I use?

Anyone who can help me is an absolute life-saver
User error? By following THEIR own instructions??? o0!!!! That is just horrible business practice there. Maybe they did not understand what you were telling them? Hopefully they will see this thread and realize how wrong this sounds.
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My car radiator had a puncture, i just sanded the area down to bare metal and applied some JB Weld to it. Its been over a year and its going strong, trust me JB weld will do the job nicely.
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post #9 of 19
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My car radiator had a puncture, i just sanded the area down to bare metal and applied some JB Weld to it. Its been over a year and its going strong, trust me JB weld will do the job nicely.
+1

JB Weld.



Havent punctured a rad since heatercores days, but i remember jb weld doing the trick.
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post #10 of 19
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Hi, I just picked up some JB Weld and applied it this morning. Good news: the radiator isn't spurting water out anymore. Bad news: there seems to be a very small hole(which I can't see) that the JB Weld didn't get to, as there is a small drip from the rad every 5-10 minutes or so. I've been researching different ways to take care of very small holes in rads and came down to two things: PERM-O-SEAL or ground pepper. Of course, the last one would probably be a lot less preferable. Do you think going with the PERM-O-SEAL would be a good idea? I've heard people saying it works well for small leaks in car rads but am unsure of how it would affect a WC system.
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