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Re: Radiator Advice Needed
> My New Year's holiday was marred by an unfortunate mishap. While tightening
> some hose clamps to fix minor coolant leakage, I broke off the fitting for
> the overflow hose on the radiator of my '89 200T. (I was even holding the
> fitting tightly, to avoid just such an occurrence!) The fitting was molded
> into the plastic side tanks of the radiator and just broke right off. I
> bought a threaded brass fitting and a $16 packet of glue from the dealer,
> and the car survived the 500 mile trip home with no problems.
> My questions are as follows:
> 1. Has anyone else used this repair? Is it "permanent" or should I be
> shopping for a new radiator?
In time it will break again. But guess when and where!
> 2. Can a radiator shop replace just the plastic side tanks with metal ones,
> or does the radiator need to be replaced as a complete unit?
My local shop tried and failed previously. The real fix is to buy a new
> 3. Can anyone recommend a good source for a new metal radiator?
> 4. How difficult is the removal/replacement of a radiator in this car?
Easy job, just remember to get the screws hidden underneath.
Dennis [Minnesota/BN Highline]