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    Registered User Reddz's Avatar
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    Unhappy sooo my baby is sick :(

    So my baby's n 03 wrx..
    I came home last night parked the car out in the front an went to go grab the other cars keys to move cars to come out and looked at my car to see it smoking.. soo as a typical female i start freaking out turn off the car grab a flash light pop the hood to find out my radiators leaking
    soo my baby needs a a new rad.. anyone have suggestions of what brand i should go for? or anything of that source and if my rads leaking could there be something else as well?and if im switching out my rad should i change the belt now anyways its bout 20kms from needing to be changed???
    please and thank you

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    I had the same problem as you in my 02 wrx.. except mine was climbing a 10% incline in the middle of wyoming summer =)

    Anywho's.. the stock radiator cap and bottom are plastic. the plastic does wear out after a while and the weak spots do split and crack. IF that is your daily driver there is something you can do as a TEMPORARY fix. But i would reccomend parking it and waiting.

    What i had to do because i live in seattle area and it was in wyoming that it happened. I found out that wire ties are the same material of plastic that is used in the radiator plastic. I was able to use a soddering iron to melt the plastic together and patch it up to get it home. definitely lower the radiator fluid level before hand otherwise you are heating it up and the fluid disperses it.

    Once i got home though i parked my car and ordered a mishimoto radiator after reading reviews and talking to people on here.

    I'd say yes to changing the belt as well because you will be removing a big part of whats in the way when trying to remove the belt. Now i'm assuming that you are talking about the timing belt right?
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