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Post by Seniorevilpants on 7/22/2011, 16:21

Hey Guys My Radiators Got a leak Coming Out of One of The Plastic Sides.. So upon The Acknowledgement of having to replace it soon, before you know it just blows wide open.. i was hoping someone might be able to point me in the direction of a good aftermarket replacement to keep me from going to the nearest pick and pull and getting an old used one for cheapo.. any suggestions?
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Post by yomincarr on 7/28/2011, 13:19

the best i could find was 150$ on RockAuto.com part # 432419, they also have an AC Delco for 4 if you wanna go OEM. Unfortunately we dont carry the radiator at Auto Zone.
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Post by Seniorevilpants on 7/28/2011, 20:05

thats ashame. though i did read another thread i believe someone, probably you posted about rockauto. i had checked it out because it sounded good.. and i had seen what you just mentioned. thank you for some help.. ill see what i can do about my situation i have lol
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Post by yomincarr on 7/29/2011, 12:32

yea i feel your pain, mine was leaking when i first got the car so i had a mechanic replace it for me, think it was around 200$...Rock Auto is great, they are reasonable priced and have pretty much everything. I use them whenever i cant get something from my store, just remember it will be an oversized item so shipping may be a little more pricey.
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Post by Seniorevilpants on 7/29/2011, 16:14

yeah i def. plan on utilizing them when i get my suspension going with the appropriate GTO hardware.. and the leak isnt horrible more like a pinhole, so im not terrified of it yet but when it starts leaking excessively thats when im just going to replace it. theres trans fluid connections on it to arent there? have you noticed..?
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Post by yomincarr on 7/29/2011, 22:00

the picture they have shows it...if its just a pin hole leak and you know where its coming from you have several other options tho. you can try JB weld, its waterproof. There's also Bar's Leaks which you can run through the whole system. Bottom line, theres a ton of cooling system stop leaks available at any parts store. Just go take a look, ask the clerk which ones are the best and the read some reviews online
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Post by Seniorevilpants on 7/30/2011, 09:17

yeah.. i understand that theres alot of useful leak stoppers, i try very hard to stay away from "mechanics in a can" type of things.. but ive been tossing around the idea of jb weld and it should be easy enough but the hoe itself it seems is tucked back in the corner of the plastic on the right side of the radiator above the upper hose..

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its a little cleaner then normal right now.. i cleaned out under the hood the other day when i washed my car.
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Post by yomincarr on 7/30/2011, 23:28

well if i am interpreting the pictures correctly i see that it is a tight fit...you might try the JB putty, and a screwdriver...the best option would be to take the condenser bolt loose there and just move it to the side...it looks like there might be a gap on the other side of the bracket but i cant tell...ill have to take a look tomorrow.
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Post by Seniorevilpants on 7/31/2011, 08:30

yeah it is pretty tight.. lol it should def. be easier with that screw out of the way but i think its gonna take some finesse to get some jb in there just right.
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Post by yomincarr on 8/3/2011, 17:31

yea i didnt see any gap when i looked at it the other day. Any luck?
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Post by Seniorevilpants on 8/3/2011, 21:44

nope.. but it hasnt gotten worse either. which is good im pretty well keeping an eye out on it because im going to make a bit of a journey to get home this fall.. (ive been in NC for a year now) and the last thing id need is a tragic episode going down I-40... ill get my hands on some jb weld soon enough and see what i cant do..
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Post by yomincarr on 8/4/2011, 23:28

yea thats all you can really do unless you take it to a shop, or spend the money on a brand new one. Where in NC are you? If you are anywhere near Wilmington let me know and I can give you the name and number of a Cadillac specific junkyard off of 87 in Leland. Last i checked they had a few cats, but that was a while ago. very reasonable prices as well
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Post by Seniorevilpants on 8/6/2011, 14:12

near charlotte.. but i travel to goldsboro frequently enough. how far from there would you say it is from that general area?
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Post by yomincarr on 8/8/2011, 09:48

probably 2 hours from Goldsboro, 3 and 1/2 from Charlotte. id give them a call first to see if they still have the Cats: Caddy Heaven http://www.cadillacheaven.com/
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Post by Seniorevilpants on 8/11/2011, 21:18

Nice! thanks for the help.. looks like they have one catera and judgeing by the pic the little guys been picked clean up front ill keep an eye on it though.. i like the idea of giving cadillacs dignity by donating so other may live though.. lol i really wish it was more accessable Sad
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Post by yomincarr on 8/14/2011, 19:16

if you feel like making a trip theres someone on here parting one out in Ohio I believe
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Post by Seniorevilpants on 9/6/2011, 20:51

Alright soo, i know its been a minute but ive just recently had time and money to go out and do some good ol' junkyardin. pick up some odds and ends for the cat as well as a radiator.. got it for like 30$ +/- its in pretty good shape from what i can tell soo im planning on doing her tomorrow.. ill takes some pics and post them up. i do have a question about the lines with the bolts with the holes in them? i cant ever remember what theyre called but i believe theyre oil line for the cooler? can someone clarify this for me please?
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Post by yomincarr on 9/18/2011, 20:31

its the tranny cooler, the oil cooler is buried in between the heads...
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