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Need A New Rad - Thoughts? Also What Else Is Worth Doing?

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#1 paul_mck



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Posted 12 September 2019 - 08:41 AM

Hey all, noticed some steam coming from the bonnet at lights, not losing much coolant so think its just spotting out a bit but enough that I want to replace the rad before it explodes on track.


Is it worth replacing the fans as well at the same time? I see rad and fan combos for ok money on the bay:


£175 gets me this which I presume would require a little wiring to interface with the std loom:




What else is worth doing when the clam is off and the innards exposed? Cheers all

#2 WrightStuff


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Posted 12 September 2019 - 09:59 AM

Front tow bracket

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Posted 12 September 2019 - 10:11 AM

I'd get a front clam fastener kit from eBay, half the bolts will be rusted and the other half rounded.

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Posted 12 September 2019 - 10:17 AM

yeah I have the whole car clam and tray kit ready to go :)

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Posted 13 September 2019 - 07:26 AM

 You could also look at the front ARB bushes, if they are original they'll most likely want renewing. Also maybe consider fitting a new horn while the clam is off? its massive pain to get to when they stop working.

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Posted 13 September 2019 - 08:12 AM

Chargecooler rad ready for when you SC if you haven't already. 

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Posted 13 September 2019 - 01:34 PM

The first thing I would do would be to establish exactly where the leak is. No point in changing the rad if it's a hose or bleed screw problem?

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Posted 14 September 2019 - 07:45 AM

As above. Check where is it leaking, could be a bleed screw and you can repair that in situ. If removing the whole rad, I would rather the hoses too. Add a fair bit to the cost but peace of mind etc.

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Posted 14 September 2019 - 07:59 AM

Seems be around the front lid hinge area so don’t think it’s a pipe. It evaporates before I can get a proper look tho

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Posted 14 September 2019 - 09:56 AM

Front tow bracket

This.. Get a stainless one.

The original one is by now likely a collection of rust held together by a thin layer of paint...  :D


Bye, Arno.

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