I'm a female colllege student with less montey than knowledge of cars please help me ..... My Radiator is leaking .... can i use Aluma Seal (Radiator stopleak)? or is there something better ? I h eard that struff is bad for the hoses what can I do>? Please help
About your best bet is either get a used radiator in good shape from a reliable junkyard or check prices for a reconditioned radiator from the store. do NOT ever put any stop leak materials into your radiator as a long-term fix. they can cause plugging which causes an overheat or blow hoses, stop leak materials will also eat away at hose linings. if you MUST use a stop leak material for SHORT TERM only, then use "Bars Leak" bottle and get a rebuilt radiator asap. As soon as you get the replacement radiator... make sure you run a hose with full water pressure through the old one and a radiator flush BEFORE you put the replacement radiator in so you don't end up with all that stop leak stuff settling into your new radiator!
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You will want to taste the leak (or get someone else to do so) and make sure it is not water. Antifreeze has a very sweet taste. You should only need one drop, and be sure to rinse your mouth out really well afterwards. Whenever a radiator is replaced, the hoses attached to it can also begin to leak, because the rubber hardens with age, and can be harder to seal again. I prefer a stainless steel band clamp, not the original equipment. A good flashlight would be a help as you look for the problem. Be sure to check the heater hoses, and the other hoses that carry coolant, as any of them could be leaking, due to "being disturbed" or due to the possible higher pressure the new radiator is giving the cooling system. Be blessed.
take the intake rubber hose off and check for cracks or holes for starters if its ok tighten the clamps or get new 1s. If you still have problems it could be possible that the intake manifold gasket is not sealed and therfore leaking air can you hear it seeping out.
2004 kia sorento, thermostat replaced, all belts, water pump. now there is a coolant leak again, cannot tell where it is coming from. Leaks fairly quickly and overheats within 20 mins. Heat is not working when coolant is not full....could it be the coolant resevoir? head gasket??
timing belt may have jumped a couple of teeth.bring #1 cyl. to tdc and check timing marks on crank and camshaft gears.perform a cylinder leak down test with the radiator cap off to see if the head gasket is blown into a water passage.
You can try a radiator bars stop leak that is silver at auto parts stores or regular stores but that goes thru your whole system Or you can try course black pepper It will clog the leak and expand and will not harm any part of your system.