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Old 04-05-2009, 12:01 PM   #1
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Question New Radiator Needed, But which one?

Well the ole bonne has sprung a leak in the radiator. While searching the web for a replacement I have found many makes that claim they fit my car. My question is how do I know which one I need. Some come with oil/tran cooling and coolent temp sensor as well as coolent level sensor. All I really want is exactly what is in there. How do I know if I have all of these things on my current radiator? BTW THANK YOU Danthurs for helping me with my vacuum leak. Your advice saved me BIG $$$$$
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Depending on where the leak is, some radiator shops can pull them and solder them. This is usually cheaper than the $400+ for a new radiator.

Multi fit radiators are not designed to fit a single model, but will cover several different makes - like Buick, Oldsmobile and Pontiac and as such have the accessories openings for cooling lines, sensors, etc.
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Glad I was able to help. Take a look at www.rockauto.com and see what they have listed there. As Purplehazer said, they can fit several cars. If it'* a small leak see if you can have it soldered. Less money and less work then pulling and replacing.
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Well it is leaking in the side under the upper return hose in what looks like multiple places. I was told (not offically) that leaks in the seam that goes vertically are not able to be repaired. I checked rock auto they only want like $125 for a new one. I would think that a fix would probably cost that much. 75 per hour labor plus shop fees, I think replacement is probably the best option. But.... To buy a new one should I get the one with all the sensors and oil/tran cooler? Or maybe I am over estimating the repair cost. BTW I tried Bars leak with no succes it seems like it leaked more after that LOL just my luck. Between my bonne and my boat engine I am about to pull my hair out.
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But.... To buy a new one should I get the one with all the sensors and oil/tran cooler?
You really need to get up close and personal with your radiator and see what you currently have connected or not connected. Don't buy what you don't need.
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Guess I need to leave the office and get down and dirty with it. I just have to decide, do I want to work on my bonne or my mercury. Life is full of hard choices! If I had it my way I would throw them both off a cliff, but then what would I do with all my free time? Thanks for your guys input.
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You will more then likely need the trans cooler. As for the sensors. I would try to get them out of the old radiator first. If they don't come out then get them locally.
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