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I found a pin hole size leak in the rad right beside the upper rad hose. I noticed steam last night when I got out but just figured it was brake fluid burning off the exhaust still.

Is there anyway to temporarily correct this leak until I get in to the rest of the 60k stuff? I don't want to dump the coolant and all that to replace the rad so I can do it again in a week or 2 to change the water pump and all that other fun stuff.
 

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I guess pour in a can of the radiator stop-leak and that'll do it for now. I only say this because your'e going to flush the system out an a couple weeks anyway; otherwise I would never recommend that stuff. I clogs up holes just fine - it also clogs up everything else, too.
 

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Originally posted by silvapain@Apr 18 2004, 03:21 PM
I guess pour in a can of the radiator stop-leak and that'll do it for now. I only say this because your'e going to flush the system out an a couple weeks anyway; otherwise I would never recommend that stuff. I clogs up holes just fine - it also clogs up everything else, too.
You think that stuff is alright for a sho engine? I used some in my Chevy Van because the heater core started to leak in the winter and I didn't want to pull it apart to fix it but it stopped the leak right quick. I haven't noticed any ill effects in the Chevy but then again I could run that thing without oil or coolant and still tow a 2000lbs load.
 

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So, is the hole in the hose or in the radiator itself? I'm completely against mechanic-in-a-bottle crap. If the hole is in the radiator and you can actually get to it, what about smearing some J.B. Weld over it? Or if it's in the hose, you could use some Edelbrock powerbond wrap to seal it. It's a lot thicker than tape, uses no adhesives, and is water proof and self-sealing. It's like $9 for a small role of it, but it's some good s***.

Bars radiator stop leak chewed up the water pump impellers on my 97 duratec.
 

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Originally posted by mikehawk@Apr 18 2004, 05:06 PM
So, is the hole in the hose or in the radiator itself? I'm completely against mechanic-in-a-bottle crap. If the hole is in the radiator and you can actually get to it, what about smearing some J.B. Weld over it? Or if it's in the hose, you could use some Edelbrock powerbond wrap to seal it. It's a lot thicker than tape, uses no adhesives, and is water proof and self-sealing. It's like $9 for a small role of it, but it's some good s***.

Bars radiator stop leak chewed up the water pump impellers on my 97 duratec.
Bars radiator stop leak chewed up the water pump impellers on my 97 duratec.

This is what I am worried about. The sho waterpump is already a fragile thing. I want it to last until I change it. The hole is right beside the upper hose spout on the rad in the plastic. I was thinking an external fix would be best if I could. Does jb weld work on plastic?
 

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PVC glue does. Especially SCH 80 glue. Buy a small can of that and the PVC primer, and try it. Ive used the stuff to fix massive (about 1/4" dia.) holes in lots of things.
 
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