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another radiator question

so since the radiator decided to start spewing today, can i drive with the cap loose so the pressure doesn't build (and blow water out) until i can get it fixed on monday? she is my only transport right now, but i am only driving short distances.......anyone?

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Re: another radiator question

you sure can.. keep a watchful eye on your temp guage.. and i would suggest getting a good guage.. with the actual temp on the guage.. and keep water in it..

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Re: another radiator question

You might try and fix the leak yourself.
JB Quick Weld works good for fixing small holes.
BTW, if your radiator is leaking cause it's old, and the side straps are falling off, I wouldn't get it fixed. I'd bite the bullet, spend the 2 bills, and get a new one. That way you'd never have to worry about that problem again.
You can limp home with no brakes, no clutch, bad carb, blown d- shaft, and a variey of other stuff, but ya ain't gonna get very far with no cooling. No cooling can also lead to catostophic engine damage $$$.
I don't mess aroud with radiators, when in doubt throw it out.

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Re: another radiator question

Maybe ( if not a gapping hole ) get a couple cans of Barsleak and dump them in . Should get you through til Monday . Stuff has always worked good for me in an emergency .



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Come on guys , stop with all of the band-aid tricks like bars leak and stuff . You are killing me .

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Re: another radiator question

One thing to remember about a CJ radiator and that's the tanks (top and bottom) are made from thin material. Often when you get the radiator repaired, a twist here, a flex there will break open the seams again.

IMHO, if the radiator is leaking it's due for rebuild or replacement. I'm not a firm believer in bird dung, pepper, cow manuer, or even Barrs Stop leak. I'd rather not be litterly left high and dry with a bad radiator. It will most often fail when it's under the most extreem stress and that's on the trail. Those type of repairs I try to avoid like the plague.

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Re: another radiator question

yeah....this radiator has had a vary slow leak since i bought it 2 years ago....it was/is right along that top seem, (i guess top tank?) like i said it was very slow, so cheaper and easier to just add a cup or two twice a year. but i guess when i took it out to swap the engine a few weeks ago, somewhere in the process made the hole worse. so now it is blowing water out that seem.....naturally right into the fan and making a general mess. so i think the plan is to pop it out tomorrow and take it into the rad shop mon morning and see what they recomend. since the motor was just rebuilt......i don't want to take any chances....but thanks all for your advice.

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