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1992 radiator leak

My car over heated and now my radiator has leak on the bottom of it when i squeeze the hose on the botton of the radiator it squirts coolant out of a hole about 2" beside it. is there a plug that goes in there or what?

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It sounds like you blew the radiator apart.
most of the time they are alluminum and blow up very easily. i would get another radiator as soon as possible.. good-luck

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