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(06-07-2019, 05:53 AM)Pegleg Wrote: How did the test drive go?

Havent had a chance to go on a 2nd test drive but the original one went great other then the coolant issue. The car shifts good, the power steering works good, it handles pretty well in general.  The main concerns are fixing leaks at this point. I need to replace the valve covers, and get the coolant sorted out. Of course its raining for the next 4 freaking days here to so maybe ill test it in the rain next

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Well took it for another test drive with a new radiator cap. 1. I apparently tightened the kickdown/o-ring area too much. As the shifter is a struggle to put into gear.

2. SAME issue. After warming up it blows coolant all over and no real idea where from. It appears to be around the passenger side but it doesnt look like it's from the main hose. I'm getting to wonder if the radiator has a hole some where and considering trying some stop leak

Also when it gets warm it also starts having the oil light come on when idle so blah

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#93
Go to your local chain auto parts store and "rent" their coolant pressure tester. The cap is spec'd at 13lbs, so pump it up and see what's going on.

Put a mechanical gauge on the engine and see what you have for real numbers. You'll have to pull the sender by the fuel pump. I have a swap meet find pressure gauge with a piece of steel line and the appropriate NPT fitting for just this purpose.


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Well I didnt go rent a pressure tester instead I just blew air into the radiator through the overflow. Instantly coolant started shooting out the passenger side of the radiator. It's by the hose but its bot coming from the hose. Its sprays like a mist right out of the top row. Time to order a new radiator

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#95
Glad you found the leak. Here local, there is a shop that repairs radiators, not sure of the price of a new radiator but it may be worth your time to see about a repair and pressure test at a local shop there. Although, you are probably better off just getting a new one but I would pressure test the new one prior to installing it, I went through three new radiators on my BMW because all the new ones leaked. Good luck.

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(Yesterday, 12:08 PM)vintageman Wrote: Glad you found the leak. Here local, there is a shop that repairs radiators, not sure of the price of a new radiator but it may be worth your time to see about a repair and pressure test at a local shop there. Although, you are probably better off just getting a new one but I would pressure test the new one prior to installing it, I went through three new radiators on my BMW because all the new ones leaked. Good luck.

Tom

It's probably due. I got a 3 row aluminum.off Amazon for $169

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