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Old 05-27-2005, 12:32 PM   #21
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Yes the SSEi radiators should be a 3 core, with the internal trans and engine oil cooler... along with that sensor...
Like fais said... 7 holes later...lol Thing looks more like swiss cheese than a radiator..specially since I got an 8th hole starting.
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Yes the SSEi radiators should be a 3 core, with the internal trans and engine oil cooler... along with that sensor...
Like fais said... 7 holes later...lol Thing looks more like swiss cheese than a radiator..specially since I got an 8th hole starting.


BTW, I seem to have a separate oil cooler (almost the size of the rad) and a small trans cooler (1' x 1') in front of the rad. Is that right? Why so many coolers?
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So many coolers because the SSEi'* get hot pretty easy.
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I think the part that'* the size of the radiator that you're thinking of is the A/C condenser.
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That 1' x 1' is the trans oil cooler... The engine oil cooler is internal to the radiator... The radiator also has an internal trans cooler on the same side as the Aux Trans cooler...

The other you speek of is indeed the condenser for the AC system

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That 1' x 1' is the trans oil cooler... The engine oil cooler is internal to the radiator... The radiator also has an internal trans cooler on the same side as the Aux Trans cooler...

The other you speek of is indeed the condenser for the AC system
WOO HOO!!! I was right about something!!!

I never knew that there was an internal trans cooler to the radiator though? I know there is on my truck....Oh well learn someting new everyday.
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That 1' x 1' is the trans oil cooler... The engine oil cooler is internal to the radiator... The radiator also has an internal trans cooler on the same side as the Aux Trans cooler...

The other you speek of is indeed the condenser for the AC system
WOO HOO!!! I was right about something!!!

I never knew that there was an internal trans cooler to the radiator though? I know there is on my truck....Oh well learn someting new everyday.
Yep... If you look on the drivers side of the radiator( if you have them ) there will be a set of lines, these will be the engine oil cooler lines.... On the passenger side you will have a set, one line to the bottom of the radiator, another to the cooler and then the return to the trans... The SSEi'* do get hot and its good to have the added cooling... If you were to peer under the hood of a C body Caddiliac you will find that it has the same setup( 87-88-94-95)

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That 1' x 1' is the trans oil cooler... The engine oil cooler is internal to the radiator... The radiator also has an internal trans cooler on the same side as the Aux Trans cooler...

The other you speek of is indeed the condenser for the AC system
WOO HOO!!! I was right about something!!!

I never knew that there was an internal trans cooler to the radiator though? I know there is on my truck....Oh well learn someting new everyday.
Even I've seen this before... Of course at first I made the mistake of thinking it was oil due to the size of the lines.
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Guys, I took my rad off and took it to a rad shop. The guy said that the plastic part was not repairable and I would have to buy a new one. What do you guys think? Can some sort of an epoxy work?

I just hate to spend $250 if it can be repaired.......
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If you want to risk the repair.... I had a friend do this to a radiator with the plastic, I explained to him what the damage would be if it ruptured and the coolant ran low, and it later ruptured again.... end result was a blown head gasket and pretty much fried the motor... The cheapest place wanted 1800 to repair the motor... That doesn't include the new radiator... He sold that car for dirt cheap...

I'd get one with a lifetime warranty, so if a leak ever happens again you'll be covered...

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