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Question Radiator stop-leak - good or bad?

I had posted earlier about my leaking radiator. I'm going to try to get a pair of vise-grips down in there and crimp the clamping strip just a smidge tighter, but failing that the last step before installing a new radiator would be to use some stop-leak.

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IMO, 'Stop Leak' should be avoided unless all other avenues of repair have failed.....or your in the middle of nowhere and need a solution to get to a repair facility.

I have used the product many times in the past, and it has always lead to problems down the road, which became very costly to remedy. I now will do whatever is necessary to 'fix' the problem properly, and this has proven (to me at least) to be the most cost effective long term solution.
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That's pretty much the way I had always thought. I used to do mechanic work years ago and back then I told folks to avoid using stop-leak. I just thought that maybe there was some "new and improved" stuff out there, but I guess it's all basically the same.

I'm going to try crimping down the clamp strip - I've been successful with that in the past. Failing that, I'll just have to drop in a new radiator.

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Used it several times myself on my old Ram and have to agree, it will get you by in a pinch but I wouldn't suggest waiting too long after that to have it repaired/replaced properly as with most things like that, it's just a "quick fix" enough to get you out of a bind.

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What they dont tell you about things like stop leak, is that while they do work (for a time) They are HELL on components. Might not hurt your radiator anymore, but prolonged usage will cost you a waterpump or thermostat as well.

I would throw an egg in there before stop leak, and then take it straight to the shop, or order my new radiator online.
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Crap. Do the repair correctly.
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Yeah stay away from the stop leak products...only use if your standed out in nowhere land..then flush and fix it right when you get back. I've repaired them by soldering but also have had luck with 5min epoxy...just make sure it is clean before applying.
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Do not use stop leak or other type products. Buck up and get it repaired properly.
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