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Old 10-12-2011, 08:50 PM
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Back when I was a mechanic every head gasket job I had, there was stop leak all over in there. It gums the engine up so bad, and is a pain to clean out. T-stat, water pump, water jacket, all coated in the stuff. I hate stop leak with a passion now, lol.
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I have used an old rat rod trick... right from the kitchen.... plain ground black pepper. It will get into the source of the leak then it will swell up and stop the leak, since it is soft and biodegradeable, it will eventually break down and start leaking again but it will give you time to save up for a new radiator. Just add as needed, but only as a last resort. Flush the system before installing the new radiator.
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Put a new radiator in and be done with it.
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ditto, stay away, it also gums up the heater core, think the radiator and waterpumps bad to replace, try replacing a heater core, PITA
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Raw egg in the radiator will seal it up for a few months.
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Thanks, all. I went ahead and put a new radiator on it. $150 from Autozone, good for another 3-4 years.
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Thanks, all. I went ahead and put a new radiator on it. $150 from Autozone, good for another 3-4 years.
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egg keep was good for temporarily sealing cast iron engine blocks, like a '32 ferd

In my toolbox i keep a couple small containers of ALUMASEAL, it doesn't harden without hitting air, great for driving a vehicle when you don't have the money for a repair or replacement, make sure your fill hole, where the radiator cap goes, is cleaned off, leave no aluminum flakes on there

Red Pepper like what is used on pizza actually works better the the coarse black pepper to stop or slow a radiator leak

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If it turns out that the radiator itself is the source of the radiator leak, it may be possible to patch it - at least temporarily - with a ""cold weld"" epoxy such as J-B Weld. The problem with commercial radiator ""sealants"" is that they impede the flow of water in the radiator core and abrade the water pump seals - but never actually seal the radiator leak. Once you have identified the source of the radiator leak - usually on a seam - drain the radiator, clean the area around the leak thoroughly, then apply the J-B Weld. Before refilling the radiator, move the overflow line over to a vacuum port on the intake manifold, then remove the distributor cap and crank the engine a few times. The vacuum will pull the JB-Weld into the cracked seam, making a better seal to prevent the radiator leak.

If you determine that the radiator leak culprit is a broken radiator tube, you'll need to dig the cooling fins away from the tubing with pliers. Next, cut the tubing and wrap the cut ends up on themselves (like a tube of toothpaste). Crimp each end tightly, then apply JB-Weld.

Once repairs are affected, it will take about two hours for the JB-Weld to fully cure. It's also desirable to use a lower pressure cap (about 7-9 lbs psi). Remember that this is a temporary radiator leak fix.
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I have used stop leak when i was in a bind, but i didn't repair or replace the radiator and ended up with some costly repairs. I will use it again if I'm in a bind, but I will be sure to make permanent repairs ASAP.
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ALUMASEAL,
J-B Weld.
In the last 40 years have tried several, ALUMASEAL seems to work the best and only in the recommended amount.

I have a Porsche 928 (I just bought the Dodge Diesel Dually).
A stick punctured the lowest two cross tubes.
A new radiator cannot be ordered through AutoZone, etc.
They a VERY expensive from a Porsche dealer!

Took it off, cleaned the area and cleared the area of fins.
Used a big bunch of J-B Weld and let sit for a day.
That area never leaked a drop after that.

Got a used radiator off ebay but did not replace it until a few years later.
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