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Old 10-23-2011, 12:59 PM   Thread Starter #1
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Default Radiator Leak

Help...i just got my struts replaced 2 front ones were bad and the owner of the shop saw that i have a radiator leak and that i need to get my radiator replaced soon. He quoted me for $425 i was wondering if that sounds fair?

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Sounds pretty high to me. Buy a radiator and put it in yourself to save some $$$!
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Default Re: Radiator Leak

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Sounds pretty high to me. Buy a radiator and put it in yourself to save some $$$!
I would if I had the tools and experience. -____-


I'll have to call around other shops then.
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My rad exploded on me and I bought a new aluminum one from Mishimoto. Backed by there incredible warranty. I love it, looks great and I even upgraded my rad fans to double 14 inch. At the time I changed my rad hoses to blue. Look into it since you will be in there. Might as well get it all done at the same time and look good at the same time.
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Well if you dont have the tools , you need to make sure if indeed the plastic top is leaking or the hose is leaking.

normally we pressure test it and find the leak.

Try RockAuto but I know with my price at Advance Auto , aftermarket radiator is somewhere near $178-$210.

its very easy to replace, (2) 10mm bolts that holds the bracket,

and you will need pliers to squeze the clamps on the upper hose and lower hose,

and small hose that disconnects for your transmission cooler.

I assume Nissan quote 1.5HRs for this job, and then you must bleed the system when you add refill coolant.

I would shop around , unless $4ish is with labor but still, a bit steep
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Default Re: Radiator Leak

Originally Posted by j0ey623 View Post
I would if I had the tools and experience. -____-


I'll have to call around other shops then.
It's really not that hard bro.. I'm pretty sure if you go a search, you'll find a thread on "how-to".. Or if your in the Boston area, I'll even teach you how to do it..
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Default Re: Radiator Leak

I changed my hoses. It was a tiddy bit messy but I did it and haven't had any leaks or problems since I did it earlier this year.
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Default Re: Radiator Leak

Originally Posted by NiZMo1o1 View Post
Well if you dont have the tools , you need to make sure if indeed the plastic top is leaking or the hose is leaking.

normally we pressure test it and find the leak.

Try RockAuto but I know with my price at Advance Auto , aftermarket radiator is somewhere near $178-$210.

its very easy to replace, (2) 10mm bolts that holds the bracket,

and you will need pliers to squeze the clamps on the upper hose and lower hose,

and small hose that disconnects for your transmission cooler.

I assume Nissan quote 1.5HRs for this job, and then you must bleed the system when you add refill coolant.

I would shop around , unless $4ish is with labor but still, a bit steep
yeah the 425 is with labor and parts.
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Default Re: Radiator Leak

Radiator is not too bad bro. Not much science to it. I'll see if I can find a write-up.
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Originally Posted by SilverFoxx View Post
My rad exploded on me and I bought a new aluminum one from Mishimoto. Backed by there incredible warranty. I love it, looks great and I even upgraded my rad fans to double 14 inch. At the time I changed my rad hoses to blue. Look into it since you will be in there. Might as well get it all done at the same time and look good at the same time.
wow, thats crazy...

I just had my radiator hoses replaced 2months ago and now my radiator is acting up...although when i drive home from work i check my radiator cap and still looks new and my liquids still look topped off...

the owner of the shop showed me where the fluid has been leaking and it looks like its coming out of the metal seals on top of the radiator but probably only small amounts...another thing is that my gauge on my car still reads normal temps...
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if you are buying a new radiator, go with aluminum. it wont ever crack on you again.

yeah 425 bucks seems a bit high, but i have no idea if thats the norm. i do almost all of my regular maintenance myself so i dunno what the normal price for labor is these days.

but hey, this is something that needs to be done, so if $425 is what you got, then go with it. theres no two ways around an over-heating car lol
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if you are buying a new radiator, go with aluminum. it wont ever crack on you again.

yeah 425 bucks seems a bit high, but i have no idea if thats the norm. i do almost all of my regular maintenance myself so i dunno what the normal price for labor is these days.

but hey, this is something that needs to be done, so if $425 is what you got, then go with it. theres no two ways around an over-heating car lol
whats the difference between aluminum and the stock radiator?
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whats the difference between aluminum and the stock radiator?
the stock one is made out of plastic, which can crack over time due to extreme heat, old age, whatever. the aluminum one wont crack therefor lasting you a very, very long time. plus, aluminum looks cooler
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the stock one is made out of plastic, which can crack over time due to extreme heat, old age, whatever. the aluminum one wont crack therefor lasting you a very, very long time. plus, aluminum looks cooler
so i spoke with my mechanic and he said that the part he was going to replace my stock radiator is with a aluminum/plastic radiator. Any differences i should know about?
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so i spoke with my mechanic and he said that the part he was going to replace my stock radiator is with a aluminum/plastic radiator. Any differences i should know about?
the aluminum will outlast the plastic one
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Get aluminum man now that you need one.
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Get aluminum man now that you need one.
The shop owner mentioned that the radiator is a Aluminum/Plastic but you guys are saying aluminum...is that the same from what the shop owner is replacing with my stock unit?
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The shop owner mentioned that the radiator is a Aluminum/Plastic but you guys are saying aluminum...is that the same from what the shop owner is replacing with my stock unit?
You don't need to buy an expensive aluminum one for no reason. The stock replacement works just fine, but not for $425. The radiator is not that much and labor isn't much at all. He's trying to rip you off for no reason. If anything, call different parts stores and buy the radiator yourself then take it to him. Labor is less than 30 mins to install a radiator complete. The part itself is about $100-150 TOPS, plus an hour (at the most) in labor. I paid less than $200 to replace the radiator, that's including labor and parts.

The aftermarket aluminum one is really just a high-flow radiator, which is what you don't really need... unless you have plenty of money and you can afford it.

My white 04 has 122K miles and I only replaced the radiator once. The silver one has 119K and never had any radiator issues. My 05 has 74K miles and no issues as well.

Either way, your money, your car, your choice. Go with what you can afford.
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Radiators on eBay less than $50:

http://motors.shop.ebay.com/i.html?_...diator&_sacat=

Go check the radiator yourself to see how bad the leak is. If you can wait few days to get the part, then wait. Or shop local in your area.

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