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RBBailey 03-28-2012 04:29 PM

New Radiator? Really?
So, the shop said I needed a new radiator as a result of some prolonged leaks that allowed too much pressure build up -- made sense to me, sucked, but whatever.

So I'm under the car today, putting new brakes on and wiping up oil that is another leak I need to have fixed in the future when I start looking around to see if the residue is just overflow from when they put the new tank and radiator in, or if it might be an overlooked fitting that is leaking the new fluid. I realize that what looks like the radiator is not new....

In other words, when the hood is up, if I'm looking through the kidneys at the radiator, am I looking at the fins on the main radiator, or am I looking at an oil cooler radiator, or something else. Because If I'm looking at the "new" radiator that cost $300 bucks, I'm wondering how all the dents, road grime, and bugs got in there after only about 30 miles of driving in rain.

Do I need to call these guys out, or am I looking at something I don't understand?

ckleung100 03-28-2012 05:22 PM

Do you have an automatic transmission?

Edit: NVM, the cooling lines run through through the radiator.

SJBimmer 03-28-2012 05:43 PM

You are looking at the air conditioning condenser. It is always in front of the radiator. Take a flashlight, and look from the back forwards to see if it is new.

G. P. Burdell 03-28-2012 05:57 PM

Like SJBimmer said, the A/C condenser is visible through the kidney grilles.

My replacement Behr radiator has a couple of labels, one of which states the production date, on its top edge. The labels are concealed by the air filter intake duct, so you'll need to pry out the three or four plastic expansion fasteners in order to remove the duct and see the top edge of the radiator.

RBBailey 03-31-2012 05:39 PM

Thanks for the responses. I can actually see the new radiator behind the AC radiator: Bend down and look up to the very top of the radiator, or the very bottom. A 1/4 inch of the main radiator is visible there -- didn't see it without a flashlight in my dim garage! Thanks!

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