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Old 02-11-09, 11:57 AM
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A couple of years ago, I was pulling a radiator fan off of a VW Jetta at an auto recycling center (When can we stop this stupid political correctness) (i'm 6'5" so am I vertically unchallenged instead of tall?). In order to do this, it is much easier to disconnect the upper radiator hose. About a pint or so of coolant hit the ground in between taking off the hose and bending it so it was facing up. I told the people at the desk this and they had a hissy fit about some coolant leaking. So, I was wondering why these places didn't drain non-essential, but environmentally hazardous fluids upon recieving cars that enter the food chain, such as coolant and gasoline. Its not likely these cars will overheat if they just stay parked.
 
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Old 02-11-09, 03:11 PM
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Cost is a main thing. To have them purge the fluids and dispose of them legally could cost a fortune.

That's why you take a bucket or two with you.
 
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Old 02-11-09, 03:25 PM
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Interesting. Now does this mean you also own any fluid you collect in your bucket? It's been a long time since I visited a junk yard.
 
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Old 02-11-09, 03:30 PM
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Most big recyclers (and I don't mind the name...cause thats what they do now) drain all fluids out of incoming vehicles. They don't have unlimited land and no EPA like they used to.
 
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Old 02-11-09, 05:03 PM
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Some of these fluids also serve as lubrication or corrosion preventative.....not really sure though.
 
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Just think of the price of r12 freon and how much of it is in the junkyards
 
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Old 02-12-09, 02:14 PM
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My Jetta had R134a and to remove the bad fan I had to disconnect the A/C hose or according to the Haynes manual, pull the fenders, bumper, and grille. Gee, which is easier?LOL
 
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I have done radiators on these cars. They have to be one of the worst to do,but I didn't have to take the nose off the car. You can take off the crossbar underneath that the radiator sits on.
 
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Old 02-12-09, 05:36 PM
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I have done radiators on these cars. They have to be one of the worst to do,but I didn't have to take the nose off the car. You can take off the crossbar underneath that the radiator sits on.
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