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Re: M3 woes.....damn coolant........ (archive)

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Posted by Paul Ikeda on August 28, 2000 at 13:52:17:

In Reply to: M3 woes.....damn coolant........ posted by Ritter on August 27, 2000 at 11:57:34:


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?

Thanks guys

Oh, I forgot to mention plastic tanked radiators do not spring leaks like the older metal ones. In my experience, when you spring a leak they tend to explode. I had a friend radiator do that to me. It was Merkur XR4Ti, the American version of the Sierra. It had a plastic radiator tanks with a metal core. I was lucky I didn't get 3rd degree burns.

In short, play it safe; if your radiator is giving you trouble just replace it. You won't have to worry about losing your coolant and losing your engine. Losing your engine will cost you a lot more than replacing a radiator. Think of it as insurance for your engine.

Good luck.


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