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Radiator has a crack about an inch long need repair

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Try JB weld... This stuff will work well for the crack.

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Blower motor runs but heater doesnt work


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This sounds like a low coolant (anti-freeze) level related problem.

After the car has been sitting for hours and the engine is COLD (over night is ideal), check the coolant reservoir of the car. Fill the reservoir with a 50 / 50 mixture of coolant (a type approved for use in your car) and water to the COLD line.

Remove the radiator cap - again - the engine MUST be COLD. The coolant should be visible about 1 - 2 inches in the radiator filler neck. Top off the radiator with a 50 / 50 coolant and water mixture as needed to get to the 1 - 2 inch level described above.

Leave the cap OFF and start the engine.

Turn the heat to HOT and fan on.

You should begin to see the coolant in the radiator begin flowing as the engine warms up. If at any time the coolant level in the radiator drops, add additional 50 / 50 coolant and water mixture as needed to get to the 1 - 2 inch level described above previously.

As the engine warms, the coolant will expand slightly and may begin to overflow from the radiator filler neck. At this point, replace the radiator cap SECURELY. If you needed to add coolant at any time in these steps you should have heat now. If not, try driving the car until the car engine reaches normal operating temperature.

If you're still unable to get heat, there may be a clog in the heater core or hoses that supply it; air trapped in the heater core circuit or other issue that will need a mechanic to repair.

Regardless if you have heat or not: Check for puddles of coolant under the car. You may have an inexpensive repair to fix a leaking hose or fitting. After the engine is hot check the exhaust pipe for white wispy "smoke". When first starting, this is common - but after hot - the exhaust should be clear. Wispy "smoke" is really steam from coolant leaking into the combustion chamber. This could be the cause for your coolant loss. This also indicates a much more expensive repair problem or either a damaged head gasket $$ or cracked engine block $$$$.

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A radiator shop can replace just one side tanks
if that is what you want
The best solution is to replace the entire radiator
yourself
Go to a radiator shop or buy on line
There is a no reason to not find a radiator
for any vehicle,they are every where
Check price on the internet & buy at radiator
shop,auto a/c & radiator shop in yellow pages,
auto parts stores,wholesalers,internet

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not as expensive as a new radiator

replace the thermostat

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Save yourself some headache, if you try to repair the crack it would not last too long. I would replace it. The cracks mean that the radiator has served its purpose.

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