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Kia Sorento 2004 Radiator leak

The radiator on my Sorento is leaking. I had the car serviced yesterday and they poionted it out to me. They said it is leaking around the nozzle where the hose attaches to the radiator, and they did try to seal it with some kind of resin...which did not work.

Their prognosis was that the entire radiator has to be replaced, since the nozzle/hose is an integral part (i.e. can't just replace that nozzle joint.

Can anyone confirm, or offer a less costly solution than entire radiator replacement. Am assuming that's a high labour cost, as they'll have to hoist the engine out won't they?

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I have no idea where Fixitman909 got his info, but it takes 2.2hours to do that job; not 1 hour as he stated.
And they dont make or sell rebuild radiators.

Get a new one at the parts store with a lifetime warranty...it should cost you around $200-$250

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No they don't need to hoist the engine out. Call's for 2.2 hrs flat rate pre Mitchell labor book, this book is used by repair shop's for labor, you could try call some radiator shop's some will have just the replacement plastic tank.if not then radiator will have to be replace.

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Not always do they have to take the engine out to replace the radiator. if you are wanting a try me quick fix to get you by for a while. than i suggest going to you auto parts retailer and asking for a product called JB weld this is a material that once stands and hardens is like concrete. you can easy ply it around the area you need to to stop the leak. there are a few types of this products out there. there is one that comes in 2 tubes that you mix. there is another in a tube where you cut of a section and rub it together and than mold to the area. and than there is a what is called a water JB weld. this can be used in wet or dry places. they recomend this be used on RVS to seal water holding tanks and on boats. but this is what i suggest for you. at this point.

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Replace radiator doesnt require motor removal. price aprox 1 hr in labor and what ever the part costs....ask for a rebuilt part ...that will make the cost cheaper

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