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Repair seam leak?

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11-29-02, 07:30 AM   #1  
Repair seam leak?

I have a 95 Ford Taurus 3.0 V6 sedan that has a very small leak right at the plastic to aluminum seam.

This happened when the car mildly overheated due to a broken drive belt idler. I replaced the idler, put on a new drive belt, replaced the water pump (80,000 miles on it, felt a little rough), flushed and filled the coolant. It leaks very little only after it gets hot and pressurized.

Is it possible to gently crimp the aluminum tabs where it is crimped to the plastic? Or is a leak here a sure sign to replace the radiator?

A new radiator is $139, so I don't know if a repair shop would be a much cheaper choice.

Thanks for any help,


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11-29-02, 08:03 AM   #2  
A radiator shop should be able to fix it depending on the damage for probably around 50 bucks. If not, a new radiator is the correct and only alternative to fix it correctly.

139 is not bad at all.

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