Re: replace radiator always necessary...
"redbyrd" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> ... $1300 later (that was the estimate for an entire cooling system
> overhaul) Did I mention the year of the car '91. After talking with
> the mech, we determined that yes the system could probably use an
> entire overhaul, But in my case I just want to fix the major problem.
> The cause was a "nipple" that sheared off. It somehow connects the
> lower cooling hose from the throttle body to the block I think. I saw
> the evidence. I asked that he replace the sheared "nipple" and two
> throttle body hoses, run a pressure test- then call me. After that I
> will probably ask that he flush the system and call it a day.
> Q: anyone know the name for the part I referred to above - I called
> Ford and it possible is a part of an EGR spacer? w/o seeing it he
> could not be sure.
That's what I thought. The original coolant is green, the heavy rust color
indicates it's now mostly water. It's very likely this is only the tip of
the ice burg. Expect the soft plugs to be a future problem. The radiator and
heater core are most likely filled with rust deposits, which I doubt very
much a flush of any kind will help. Look at the nipple very closely, I'll
bet you find it did not shear off, it rusted to the point that it fell
apart. The nipple is for cooling the EGR valve, there are two of them. They
are long enough that nothing is going to sheer them off. Fixing the major
problem is the whole cooling system. So $1300. dollars if the car is
important enough to you might be justified. But you have to look at the
hidden damage the rusty coolant has caused, something to think about.