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    Top of radiator coolant leak

    Just pulled over to check engine because I smelled coolant. Apparently I'm blowing steamy coolant out of a crack in the plastic above the radiator near where the top hose connects. Any causes / solutions I should know about?

    Could there be something causing excessive pressure?
    Could this be a jb weld situation?
    New radiator?

    Taking her home now...

    Thanks for any input

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    You just got the infamous OEM radiator crack. You are going to need to replace it. There are threads on this so do a little search and you will find a ton of info. My suggestion is to replace your t-stat and hoses when you swap radiators. Good luck. If you need to drive it home don't let your rev's go higher than 1.5k. I limped my car home like this and I did not lose any coolant. Last thing don't let your car overheat.
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    Thanks for the speedy reply. Ugh that sucks. Well, off to spend $300 it looks like. And it won't even add hp or look cool.. lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jak461 View Post
    Thanks for the speedy reply. Ugh that sucks. Well, off to spend $300 it looks like. And it won't even add hp or look cool.. lol.

    If your short on cash I have seen people patch is temporarily with JB weld...however no guarantees... eventually you will need a new unit as mentioned...

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    My Mishimoto radiator looks cool.
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    Yep. Very common failure.

    Don't spend $300. Check ebay for aluminum radiators. Cheap, increases coolant capacity and looks cool.
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    Nice!

    Thanks again all for the input.
    I luckily found a new Mishimoto for a reasonable price that -of course- i'm now looking forward to installing.
    +1 to all yall

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