Can radiator leak be repaired in place?

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Old 02-06-06, 07:22 PM
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Can radiator leak be repaired in place?

1997 Ford F150 4.2L V6 50,000 miles
Radiator is leaking transmission fluid. Leak is where the tubing enters the radiator, right at the big nut/radiator joint. I think I bent the tubing too much and cracked the solder (or braze).

Is there an in-place repair compound? Or has the radiator to come out?

Thanks.
 
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Old 02-06-06, 08:21 PM
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Can radiator leak be repaired in place?

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1997 Ford F150 4.2L V6 50,000 miles
Radiator is leaking transmission fluid. Leak is where the tubing enters the radiator, right at the big nut/radiator joint. I think I bent the tubing too much and cracked the solder (or braze).

Is there an in-place repair compound? Or has the radiator to come out?

Thanks.





There's a couple products to fix this kind of mishaps ( epoxy sealants ) , if i were you i'd take the rad out and take it to a radiator shop, radiator is easy to pull out on pickup trucks ( at least on chevys ).
You might as well get a rebuilt one with core exchange too, usually very affordable, or just have them fix and clean the old one, prices should be about the same.
 
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Do you recommend taking it out because epoxies are not a permanent fix? Thanks.
 
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Old 02-06-06, 09:10 PM
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I meant take it out so you can take it to a shop to be welded or exchanged, epoxy repair would be hard to call , tranny fluid is under pressure/temperature variations all the time.
Without mentioning some epoxy or glue getting into the transmission.
 
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Old 02-07-06, 05:16 AM
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Thanks. It will be my first radiator job. With your encouragement I will pull it out.
 
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