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Cracked my radiator...

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by TRON_, Jul 5, 2011.

  1. Jul 5, 2011 at 12:55 PM
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    TRON_

    TRON_ [OP] The Game Has Changed

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    I did it goin through a wash/ditch last night while mudding after the fireworks. I hit the water pretty hard but have no major signs of scuffmarks or dents or peieces missing underneath. When i got to the pavement, i looked under the truck and was leaking a ton of coolant. I eventually pulled of the plastic shroud that covers the top of the radiator, looked down between the radiator and fan and noticed the entire lower portion of the radiator had bent backward, toward the fan. The fan is the only thing that could have clipped the radiator and it put a nice hole in it....

    Now my damn truck is overheating, check engine light came on, and I cant afford the $405 toyota quoted me for a new aftermarket radiator and labor until Saturday when i get paid....FML im in deep shit, not to mention i have to somehow make it back to Douglas from Tucson to work.
     
  2. Jul 5, 2011 at 12:58 PM
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    Seabass

    Seabass Chrome won't get you home

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    You don't really care, do you.
    Pop the broken one out, put some JB Weld on the broken part, and slap it back in to get you home. Just make sure it still has flow through it. That shit will hold up to the heat and the pressure.
     
  3. Jul 5, 2011 at 1:00 PM
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    TRON_ [OP] The Game Has Changed

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    Really? That should solve the overheating problem right?....Ill have to stop by an auto store and look for that, and look for a possible write up on how to take it out. Im sure its a couple of bolts to get it out
     
  4. Jul 5, 2011 at 1:02 PM
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    radiator is easy, get that from a radiator shop, some coolant, and some simple hand tools.
     
  5. Jul 5, 2011 at 1:03 PM
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    You don't really care, do you.
    JB Weld is an epoxy you can get at Home Depot, Lowe's, etc. I've used it to fix freezer coils and it held freon for years. Slather that shit all over the broken part and make sure that the pipes still connect so you get flow through your radiator. Let it harden according to the recommended time on the tube, then fill that bitch up with coolant and let it idle up to temp. Watch for leaks when it's under pressure as you might need to put another "coat" over the patch. Should get you through until you can afford to replace.
     
  6. Jul 5, 2011 at 1:04 PM
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    thanks for the quick replies guys! ill take it out right now and take some quick pics of the damage and see what you guys think
     
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