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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-16-2015, 09:53 PM Thread Starter
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Leaking radiator

Everyone, Have an 03 f250 with what appears to be an after market (advanced/autozone) radiator. It appears to be leaking out the seams of the plastic and metal clamped pieces. I have heard of these blowing the tops off of them. Truck runs great, replaced head gaskets and ARP studs. Doesn't seem to be over pressurized when I take degas bottle cap off. Is it just a piece of junk radiator and I need a better. Anyone seen this before? Any advice/experience appreciated.
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Re: Leaking radiator

i would swap the rad, could have a hairline crack somewhere. toss a mishimoto in there.

ive had a bottom rad hose mount break off leave me stranded from a cheap rad.

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Everyone, Have an 03 f250 with what appears to be an after market (advanced/autozone) radiator. It appears to be leaking out the seams of the plastic and metal clamped pieces. I have heard of these blowing the tops off of them. Truck runs great, replaced head gaskets and ARP studs. Doesn't seem to be over pressurized when I take degas bottle cap off. Is it just a piece of junk radiator and I need a better. Anyone seen this before? Any advice/experience appreciated.
This is a pretty typical failure point for OEM or factory-style radiators with plastic end tanks. The gasket which seals the tanks to the core fails which results in leaking.

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i would swap the rad, could have a hairline crack somewhere. toss a mishimoto in there.

ive had a bottom rad hose mount break off leave me stranded from a cheap rad.
Thanks buddy! We have a very nice aluminum radiator which eliminates the failure point noted above. Let us know if we can help out with locating a replacement!

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Re: Leaking radiator

I replaced mine with an all aluminum with a unit from performance radiator. These are the same units that BPD is selling. You can get cheaper going through performance themselves. I have had my unit for almost a year with no problems what so ever.
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