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Old 03-11-2019, 11:02 PM   #1
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Radiator stop leak

I have 1997 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0 OHSC. The radiator just sprung a leak on the bottom it. What kind a damage can this stuff cause if I need a new radiator anyway. Just asking because I don't have the money to replace it at the moment. Second part of my question. I dropped this car off for an oil change and less than 30 minutes after picking it up it started was overheating and the radiator was leaking. It was completely bone dry. Is there any way possible the oil change guys could have caused damage to my radiator.
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Old 03-11-2019, 11:17 PM   #2
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Boy that's a product from yesteryear. Haven't heard radiator stop leak being discussed for a long time. It seems like in the old days radiator leaks were more common and folks routinely used products like Bar's Leak etc. I think that some folks even tried pepper.

But discussing using those products is kinda putting the cart before the horse. Do you know for sure that the radiator is leaking? I'd fill it and watch what happens. If you see a leak then it is an issue of sealing it. But it could be something like a head gasket leak and the chances of a sealant fixing the problem aren't good.

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Old 03-11-2019, 11:22 PM   #3
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Brings to mind my '60s Simca. Radiator was full of brown froth. I figured that if I kept pouring oil into the engine, eventually both the radiator and engine would be full of oil and it would be all good.

Will never know, cause I sold it.
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Old 03-12-2019, 05:19 AM   #4
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Yes I would agree with Ron, do you know for sure where its leaking from?
Is it possible that an oil change person caused the leak, anything is possible but......
Also if it is head gasket, not that hard a fix I don't think, don't think changing the radiator would be either.
How many miles does the 1997 vehicle have on it? It is 22 years old so things are going to fail at some point no matter how much regular maintenance you do.

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When was the last time you checked the antifreeze level? I don't see how one could drain the fluid doing an oil change but I suppose anything is possible. Think you'd be hard pressed to get the shop to admit to anything.
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Brings to mind my '60s Simca. Radiator was full of brown froth. I figured that if I kept pouring oil into the engine, eventually both the radiator and engine would be full of oil and it would be all good.

Will never know, cause I sold it.
Had exactly the same issue with my '59 Simca Aronde. Couldn't sell it though. Gave it to my brother-in-law.
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Old 03-12-2019, 02:56 PM   #7
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I think I got $250 for it, even with a dented fender.
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