Question about 1997 Acura TL Series
I just replaced a tube to the thermostat. Now I am told the car has a leak in the radiator...what is that going to cost me? can it be repaired instead of replaced?
1) If you have tons of money, get it replaced. Probably about $200.
2) If you are handy (or have a friend that is handy) you can get a clean used one at a junk yard for about $15. This requires removing it and putting it back in - probably about 4 hours.
3) If this is kind of an old beater and you really don't care, go to the auto parts store and get a small can (or jar) of radiator "stop-leak" for about $10. This stuff will really stop the leak if the leak is on the radiator and is pretty minor (drips - not pours out). Shake the can well (to stir up all the little beads off the bottom of the can) and pour the whole goopy thing into the radiator filler. Top off with radiator fluid. Start the engine and run it for a little while.
People will tell you "No no don't do it. It will ruin your engine." Just ignore them. Your radiator is already ruined and it won't affect the engine. I used it in my Chevy V8 for about 12 years, and my Ford V6 for about 4 years with no problems.
This should do it for several years, or until you give the car to your little brother.
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