radiator nipple lip

Brett Dikeman brett at cloud9.net
Wed Apr 10 02:16:33 EDT 2002

At 11:31 PM -0400 4/9/02, PeterBergin at aol.com wrote:
>Byran, Audi has a new nipple that you can buy for about $20, that you can
>glue over the remaining stub with JB weld.  I had one fail on my old 86
>Avant. The repair lasted for over 60k miles when I sold the car.  I believe
>that it is still holding today.

If you want it to -really- last(like, the lifetime of the car), then
use an "insert" so to speak.  There was a specific size copper
plumbing piece that made a relatively perfect insert.  My father used
it to repair the old 5000 when the top connection broke.

Half the copper piece goes into the radiator, half goes into the
broken off piece(or new piece) with epoxy between it all.

Damn near bulletproof, and the epoxy/copper lend a lot of strength to
the plastic.  Only disadvantage is that it slightly restricts
waterflow, of course.  Probably not a significant amount, however.

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