Broken radiator neck, was dammit

Steven Hauptmann hauptmanns at MAIL.LLR.STATE.SC.US
Mon Jan 6 10:04:43 EST 2003

Which upper neck is broken?

If it were the upper neck which points toward the front of the car (ie the
one for the aux radiator), then I have 2 theories.

1.) Broken while tightening the 13mm nut which locks the p/s belt adjuster
in place. The p/s belt is removed to do the t-belt, and there is not much
room between the p/s pump and aux radiator hose/neck to loosen/tighten this

2.) Removing the aux rad hose from the upper radiator neck allows a few more
inches of travel for  a 13mm wrench to tighten this p/s belt adjuster lock
bolt. Over tightening the hose clamp can crack the neck. Especially if the
radiator was old and the plastic was getting brittle.

Steve Hauptmann
South Carolina

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