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Offline rubdub

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Coolant Leak
« on: January 04, 2022, 09:41:27 am »
Hey folks and Happy New Year and all that!

Over the Christmas break and after taking the car for a couple of drives, a few hours upon returning I noticed patches of coolant under the passenger side of the front of the car, and that the expansion tank had maybe dropped halfway.

Going to hopefully check it out today, but my question to you good folk is where on that side should I be looking?

Seeing as it's on the passenger side am I right in thinking the only hose on that side is the return pipe at the top of the radiator? Anywhere else I should look around there. If that is the only hose I'm a little worried it could be cracked radiator...

Thanks all!
« Last Edit: January 04, 2022, 09:57:59 am by rubdub »

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Re: Coolant Leak
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2022, 02:53:00 pm »
So had a little look to try and see where the leak was coming from. Seems to be coming from the plastic endcaps from the radiator and where the cables for the fan connect to the plastic shroud. I've put some leak stopper in for the moment, but if it is definitely is the radiator I'll probably look to replace in the not to distant future.

Question is should I replace with OEM or upgrade to an all alloy rad? Haven't really decided what I'm going to do with the car long term. I mean I plan to keep it, but debating whether to map it and upgrade other parts. If I was to get an alloy rad is there any that folk would recommend?






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Re: Coolant Leak
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2022, 06:57:49 pm »
Mine went the same as yours on the passenger side as well. I replaced mine with an Hella rad, I think Valeo are the OEM manufacturer.  Got mine from eurocarparts.com.  for around £90 I think. You have to remove the entire front panel to replace it if your thinking of doing the job yourself.

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Re: Coolant Leak
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2022, 09:35:57 pm »
Cheers, thanks Octoparrot!

Yeah looking at Hella or a Nissens rad I think, was also looking at a Mishimoto cause they look sexy as hell!  :drool: but defo overkill for the moment!

Going to give it a bash at swapping out myself.. looks fairly straightforward apart from being a pain in the ass...

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Re: Coolant Leak
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2022, 12:42:04 pm »
Yes it's not difficult by any means, I changed mine on my own, but an extra pair of hands would have been helpful at times.