Radiator question...

Radiator question...

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THEDAVINATOR

Original Poster:

40 posts

5 months

Sunday 16th June
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Good evening everyone,

I took my rad out recently primarily to clean up the earth point directly under it which I'm hoping is the source of some of my earthing issues.

On closer inspection, the rad looks "ok" and didn't visably leak when the car was started, but you can see some of the blue powdery stuff at the bottom of the rad

My question is, is it worth getting it reconditioned, and if so, does anyone know of a reputable place in the Midlands? I'm not interested in the alloy rads after reading on here that alloy is a poor heat conductor (compared to the standard rads) and they have a rather unfortunate tendancy to crack....

Or can I go bodgetastic with Bar's Leak biggrin


fieryfred

253 posts

84 months

Sunday 16th June
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Verdigris. Copper staining. If its not leaking just re fit & use until winter. Was going to say while the sun shines & its not raining but no one would believe me.
I added a stainless mesh to protect the radiator.
Look at these photos, no leaks, no over heating. But i bought a replacement & fitted ready for summer.
So pay the TVR tax for a quick fix or go for a re core & hopefully less than 2 weeks.




Belle427

9,244 posts

236 months

Monday 17th June
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If your sure its not leaking clean it and give it a coat of paint and it may last many more years.
If your unsure maybe find a place that can pressure test it for you.

TJC46

2,155 posts

209 months

Monday 17th June
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Any radiator repair shop will be able to pressure test your rad. This will then determine whether the staining is a leak or not.

Whilst you have everything stripped down, I would go for a re-core anyway as this will be far more efficient at cooling than your old rad.

Repair shops in the Midlands.........take your pick !

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=radiator+recore+...

THEDAVINATOR

Original Poster:

40 posts

5 months

Monday 17th June
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Many thanks for the replies, I phoned a rad place (in Redditch) and they said a re core will be 250ish which to me seems a bit steep, but inflation and all that - TVR parts online for a new rad is £407 (ouch).

I'll get it pressure tested and then go from there maybe