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Leaky B Radiator

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06-13-2004 10:40:29

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Well, I just got my water pump fixed and now see why the tractor only had five quarts of fluid in the radiator when I got it. I've got a slow leak (drip, drip - takes a good hour to get a quart out) about two thirds of the way up the radiator. What does everybody recommend? I could try that stop-leak stuff, but am a little worried given that everything is sold old (don't want it to stop flowing, either). I could pull it out and try to have it brazed/soldered. Or, I could just replace it. Any suggestions and/or sources for radiators? Oh, also, would running it with five quarts damage the pump or would I just risk overheating that much quicker?

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Dave K

06-15-2004 09:20:27

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 Re: Leaky B Radiator in reply to Vance, 06-13-2004 10:40:29  
If you want a trouble free cooling system then take the radiator to a shop and have them test and repair it. My WD had a small leak when I bought it. When I took the radiator to the shop they pressure tested it while I watched. The core was so thin it just started leaking everywhere. They recored it for me and repressure tested it after. No leaks anywhere and has been fine in a working tractor for 4 years now. However, if parades and shows are all you have in mind, then a stop leak might do the job. I would not run it a lot with low coolant, asking for all kinds of trouble there.


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Phil Auten (TX)

06-14-2004 18:36:48

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 Re: Leaky B Radiator in reply to Vance, 06-13-2004 10:40:29  
Before you lay out the big bucks for a new radiator, why not try "water glass". You can get it at the drug store. Just ask the druggist for it. If he doesen't know what that is, tell him sodium silicate. It's good for small leaks like you described, and cheap too!


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06-13-2004 17:24:43

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 Re: Leaky B Radiator in reply to Vance, 06-13-2004 10:40:29  
If you can take it to a radiator shop they can tell you if they can fix it, install a new core, or if you should replace the whole rediator. You usually don't have to replace the whole thing, sometimes it may be about the same cost though. Unless the core is really thin they can probably fix it. A good shop that comes recomended by someone who knows is what you need.

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