the fickle (and inevitable) finger of fate

Phil Rose pjrose at
Tue Apr 22 17:33:57 EDT 2003

At 2:51 PM -0400 4/22/03, Brett Dikeman wrote:
>At 12:21 PM -0500 4/22/03, Jeff.Bernstein at wrote:
>>Seven or eight months ago I went to buy the Audi repair kit and found that
>>the nipple wasn't too expensive ($10 or $20) but the epoxy kit was very
>>expensive ($65 or $75).  I tracked down the supplier of the epoxy and
>>determined that this epoxy is nothing that special so I found a slow curing
>>epoxy that had the highest temperature I could find at Home Depot for under
>>$5.00.  This has held very well so far.
>My father fixed our old 5000 the same way- he used a copper plumbing
>joint and some epoxy.
>Key is to really rough up the surfaces on the fitting and the
>plastic pieces, or the epoxy won't hold; the first attempt failed
>for that reason.

Actually I've gone ahead with an order for the AKG oem replacement
radiator. My local dealer naturally doesn't stock the repair kit, so
I'll just take my chances for a week or so with the hose clamped to
the nipple stub. Man, there isn't much left to clamp onto.


Phil Rose
Rochester, NY
mailto:pjrose at

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