Re: strange leak
On Mon, 13 Feb 2006 08:26:59 GMT, Fordfan <Fordfan@connifer.net>
>Puddin' Man wrote:
>> On Sun, 12 Feb 2006 13:07:56 -0500, "scrapir" <email@example.com>
>>>Do you have a newer radiator? One with plastic side tanks? Its not uncomon
>>>to see the seal between the tank and fins leak when it gets cold out.
>> I got '94 Tbird LX V8, 61K mi. with similar problem.
>> The (Mickey Mouse) rad. has plastic on each end, alum.
>> fins in middle.
>> Any info re diagnosis and repair (if possible) would
>> be appreciated:
>> 1.) Is there a seal on each side of the alum. fins?
>> 2.) Can rad. be disassembled to replace seal(s)?
>> 3.) Etc, etc.
>I've had the same problem with a 95' Escort radiator. It only leaks in
>cold weather while the engine is warming up. The leak stops when normal
>operating temperature is reached. The leak is caused by the seals
>(O-rings) located between the plastic tanks and the aluminum core on
>each end. When the temperature is below about 40-F the seals don't have
>enough resiliency. They leak until the rubber material warms up and
>becomes flexible. Ford does make a repair kit with new seals but the
>problem is the locking tabs on the aluminum core which hold the plastic
>tanks, can crack and break when you try to open them up. There's no way
>to repair the tabs if they break off.
"Another Ford Engineering Masterpiece!!!" :-)
>I've been wondering if there is
>some kind of radiator sealant I can use that will stop the seal leaks
>without causing any problems to the cooling system in general,
>particularly the heater core.
I've been wondering as well.
Sitting on my desk (for weeks now) is a bottle of "Bar's
Leaks (Original Pelletized Formula) Stop Leak". I'm afraid to
put it in the rad.: the only additive I've -ever- used is FI
Advice on use/implications of such additives would be much
>The solution of course is to change the
>radiator. I just haven't got around to doing it.
Yeah, the nice, nice guy at the rad. shop wrote me a nice,
nice estimate. For $500. Wonder iffen I could raise it
diving for lost change in the sofa cushions ... <g>