In Reply to: Re: M3 woes.....damn coolant........ posted by Paul Ikeda on August 27, 2000 at 13:12:40:
Yesterday I was driving around town in 100 degree weather when all of a sudden all the damn coolant started spraying on my windshield...It turned out that the rubber coolant hose that goes into the radiator had slipped off. I took a closer look and the plastic outlet that comes out of the radiator(that slips into the rubber hose) had partially broken. I put the hose back on and moved the metal adjuster ring a little bit further up. I don't want to buy a whole new radiator just because of that little outlet. Is there a way to add some sort of sleeve to make the outlet a little longer? I know it can be done but does anyone have any reccomendations on where to get the stuff?
I advise to you is just suck it up and buy a new radiator. They are made out of plastic and have a limited service life. Better to be safe than sorry because if you could fix the radiator; it would be a temporary job because the plastic get brittle and will probably break again.
a similar situation happen to me,what i did though is to have a aluminum sleeve costum made for me. on My case though I have access to a machine shop so i did not cost me anything.in the end I end up buying a new one any way because as soon as i fix the problem my radiator start leaking somewhere else. This is why i bought a new one because this is a good sine that the plastic tank of my radaitor being ten years old is not reliable any more. let me tell you my experience why i decide to buy a new one. during my reserch as to fix versus buy i found out the price of a new one is $240. having this fix at shop in california would cost me hafl the price of new and thats not counting shiping it there and shiping it back and i still would have a ten year old radiator. depending on where you are located on my case i could not find any shop locally.so if i where you would follow paul advise save your self a headache get your self a new one.
Goodluck to you