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The plastic part of the top of the raditor has crack do i need to replace the whole radiator or can the plastic be replaced ?

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Buy a fiberglass repair kit and patch the crack. The kit will come with cloth,resin.stick and sandpaper. Sand area,cut cloth,mix resin,use stick and apply to cloth. Hope this helps Tim

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