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Old 04-03-2005, 13:02   #1 (permalink)
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Stick through the radiator then "quick" fix?

A stick punctured the front radiator panel while off roading (I wasn't
driving...). Antifreeze was dribbling out, so I went for a quick fix,
stripping out the VVVVV-shaped foil above and below the ripped flat
tube, then curling each end back on itself and crimping it with
pliers. (I hope this doesn't block the whole radiator) I drove back
and didn't seem to lose any more antifreeze and temp guage showed
normal. Could this "quick fix" be permanent?

Guy
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Old 04-03-2005, 15:05   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Stick through the radiator then "quick" fix?

Guy Lux composed the following;:
> A stick punctured the front radiator panel while off roading (I wasn't
> driving...). Antifreeze was dribbling out, so I went for a quick fix,
> stripping out the VVVVV-shaped foil above and below the ripped flat
> tube, then curling each end back on itself and crimping it with
> pliers. (I hope this doesn't block the whole radiator) I drove back
> and didn't seem to lose any more antifreeze and temp guage showed
> normal. Could this "quick fix" be permanent?


Depends if it starts to leak again ..

Yes, one or even quite a few 'blockages', are normal in even new radiators.

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Old 04-03-2005, 18:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Stick through the radiator then "quick" fix?


"Guy Lux" <guyscarsbrook@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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>A stick punctured the front radiator panel while off roading (I wasn't
> driving...). Antifreeze was dribbling out, so I went for a quick fix,
> stripping out the VVVVV-shaped foil above and below the ripped flat
> tube, then curling each end back on itself and crimping it with
> pliers. (I hope this doesn't block the whole radiator) I drove back
> and didn't seem to lose any more antifreeze and temp guage showed
> normal. Could this "quick fix" be permanent?
>
> Guy


The same "quick fix" worked for me on my 1978 Jag XJ6 Coupe - for 7 years!!
(Well, have you ever priced a Jag radiator?)
Badger.


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Old 04-04-2005, 13:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Stick through the radiator then "quick" fix?

> The same "quick fix" worked for me on my 1978 Jag XJ6 Coupe - for 7 years!!
> (Well, have you ever priced a Jag radiator?)
> Badger.


Good to know Badger, I'll see what happens.... Was worried the whole
rad would be blocked.

Guy
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Old 04-05-2005, 03:01   #5 (permalink)
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"Guy Lux" <guyscarsbrook@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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>> The same "quick fix" worked for me on my 1978 Jag XJ6 Coupe - for 7
>> years!!
>> (Well, have you ever priced a Jag radiator?)
>> Badger.

>
> Good to know Badger, I'll see what happens.... Was worried the whole
> rad would be blocked.
>
> Guy


Nah, but I'll bet you a percentage of the cores are "blocked"
unintentionally during the manufacturing process by excess solder anyway. If
the temp gauge is ok, don't worry about it - just keep an eye on it for
leaks developing.
Badger.


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