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    Mud Puppy Grevus's Avatar
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    I love my Jeep.. I really do but if it isn't one thing it's another..

    First ordered some lift shackles for it and the tards sent me 2 sets of front shackles. So I had to cut out the center to make them work in the rear.

    Put a decent sound system in her. 4x6's in the front 6x9's in separate enclosures in the rear and added a 200w 8" bandpass enclosure with built in amp for some bass. It's not comp. level, I won't be competing in any DB drags anytime soon but it gets the job done.

    Now the fun part, I get the shackles on, tunes installed I stop to smoke as I start putting my tools up and straightening out the garage when I notice fluid dripping from the front.. (like class 6 leak ) My first thought is. great the tranny cooler lines came undone... again (long story.. lets just say I drove from Woodbridge to Fort Belvoir stopping every few miles to put in tranny fluid so I could make it home). Well after I crawl under it and notice that it's green fluid... great radiator... I check the hoses.. yea they're tight.. hmmm.. start it up leak stops.. shut it off and wait a few seconds.. fluid starts literally pouring out.. well I guess the 21 year old radiator had it's last hoorah.

    So today I get to go pick up a radiator, found one at Pepboys for $150 in Maryland. Guess it's a good thing I'm on leave.


    anyone in the area know of any good scrap yards so I can get some money back from the old one?
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    Were you sure it's the radiator and not the water pump? The water pumps are a little more prone to failure, and usually spill out fluid onto the lower rad hose... kind of making it look like it's coming from the radiator.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeffb_79 View Post
    Were you sure it's the radiator and not the water pump? The water pumps are a little more prone to failure, and usually spill out fluid onto the lower rad hose... kind of making it look like it's coming from the radiator.

    its the rad. fluid had been leaking from the core for a while.. its all corroded. It just was just on it's last leg.
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    heh, I feel for ya. My rad is limping along I keep recrimping the top together after every little run I do or else I get the stuff everywhere.

    No waterfall action yet but I know it's comming and once I get every other pressing thing done, kids wife,house, bla bla bla (lol) I'll get to that dam radiator and change the fluid in my tranny and xfer case some day
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    pepboys had a one off aftermarket replacement for $150 took me all of about an hour or so to get it replaced.
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    Mine in the Scrambler is loose at the left side mount, need to JB weld it back together unless someone has a better idea for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrambler84 View Post
    Mine in the Scrambler is loose at the left side mount, need to JB weld it back together unless someone has a better idea for it.
    Clean it good an solder it. If you can find 50/50 solder, it works better, but the 95/5 stuff they sell now will work, just takes more heat to melt it.

    Clean the area really good with some emery cloth, and use some paste flux. (prep is important!)

    Figure out a way to hold the bracket tight to the radiator pan, (I had mine out, and used a long pipe clamp diagonally)

    Use a small propane torch to heat it up, and hit it with the solder.

    The solder will run between the pan and the bracket, even if it's clamped tight.

    Just have to watch the heat, to much isn't good. Need the radiator pan and bracket just hot enough to melt the solder when it touches them.


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