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Old March 31st, 2012, 01:29 AM
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Is this set-up going to work?

I had a bad patch job on my radiator at the return from the intake manifold coolant. The previous owner had JB Weld and RTV to patch the broken connection. This repair started to leak when I installed my new oil cooler lines and my wrench pushed against it. I brought it to my local shop to remove the previous "fix" and correctly solder the connection back on. Instead of soldering it back on they blocked it off and put a "T" connection to the line from the expansion tank. This is a situation where I felt it was better to have someone else fix it instead of buying a whole new radiator, but now I'm thinking I may need to order a new one and put it in myself anyways.

Will the coolant be able to return back to the radiator from the intake with adequate flow? What do you guys think?
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Old March 31st, 2012, 07:51 AM
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Looks like it works...the question is for how long. I vote new radiator!
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Old March 31st, 2012, 08:56 AM
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Since you didn't get what you asked for why accept what they did?
Time to stop fixing something that's broke and start anew
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Old March 31st, 2012, 10:56 AM
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New radiator is in the future. I was hoping it could be fixed correctly, but this appears to not allow the intake coolant to flow back to the radiator as it should. It's raining here everyday anyways, so I may as well have another project in the garage.
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Old March 31st, 2012, 11:26 AM
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It should be fine if they got it soldered up well this time.
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Old March 31st, 2012, 11:52 AM
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It is soldered up well and not leaking. It got a bit hotter than usual while idling, but it was likely just air in the system so I topped it off and pumped the hoses to burp it out.
I'm all about saving money when I can, but also want dependability.
Pendy, sounds like I can put a new radiator further down my list of future purchases.
What I'll do in the interim is swap the the two lines going into the T connector so that the return from the intake has a more direct path.
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