Q: Q: cracked radiator

asked by on

i have a water leak due to a small crack on the plastic top part of my radiator is there anything I can do to fix it without buying a whole new radiator

My car has 130000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

Depending on the exact location of the crack, there are epoxies, fillers, and putties that can be somewhat to very successful in repairing cracks or holes in radiators. Any auto parts store will be able to guide you in selecting a product that will have a reasonable chance of working. If using a filler though you just want to be aware that any material forced into a whole or crack, if it breaks off inside the radiator and gets entrained in the coolant can cause a blockage elsewhere in the system. So, you have to evaluate the circumstances and make sure that you can fix the problem without creating a new one. Radiators are not hugely expensive and frankly if it is broken, you might endure less aggravation and less cost by just simply buying a new one, in comparison to experimenting with various repair products. If the radiator has to be replaced because it leaks, that replacement can be performed right at your location (without moving the car) by a mobile mechanic. If you desire that service, please request radiator replacement and the responding certified mechanic will get this resolved for you. If you have further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to re-contact YourMechanic as we are always here to help you.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1,000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Q: cracked radiator

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: How expensive is it to repair a timing chain in 2002 Altima 3.5?

Hi there. Check the engine light and see what codes are stored or pending in the computer (ECM). For the oil leak, look around to find where the leak is coming from. If the leak is coming from the top...

Q: Changed a 15amp dome fuse and now my car dies when changing gear into drive or park

Hello. From what you describe it would appear that your vehicle may have experienced some sort of electrical issues. If there was power going through the circuit that you pulled the fuse from that may be why sparks occurred, and...

Q: While changing the valve cover gasket, a piece of the gasket broke and fell down into a hole, what do I do

Hello. I would first try to us some long mechanical fingers to see if you can reach and remove the piece. If not, then see if the hole goes all the way into the oil pan. If it does, then...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...