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Old 14 Dec 2017, 07:27 am
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Oh no, Iíve got problems.

Last night I noticed smoke coming from under my engine. This morning on my way home again I noticed smoke. I stopped at a gas station to pop the hood. I saw radiator fluid had splattered a little bit. But I could not see the leak. All hoses look fine. I tried starting I️t and looking, nothing. Iím thinking the radiator is cracked. Maybe where the metal connects to the plastic.

My issue is Iím at a condo in Clearwater fl not in Orlando where I normally am. Otherwise Iíd take the radiator off and have I️t pressure checked. I think I may have to bring I️t to a shop. I️t never over heated.

What do you guys think?
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Old 14 Dec 2017, 08:01 am
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Default Re: Help - radiator fluid leak

Do the fluid streaks look something like this?



If so, where it it located, in the same general area as the above pic?

If so, then your radiator might have cracked like mine, in this pic:



It's on the front side of the radiator, hidden by the upper radiator support.

I made a temporary fix by smearing JB Weld over the area, but it won't hold for long and the only proper repair is to replace the radiator.



There really is no repair for a plastic radiator. I went with a genuine MOPAR replacement, beware of some after-market radiators as some are not built to the same specs as the MOPAR and could therefore compromise the cooling efficiency of the PT.
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Old 14 Dec 2017, 08:03 am
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Default Re: Help - radiator fluid leak

Yep, that's very possible. BUT, it could also just be that one of the hoses has a slight crack in it near one of the clamps or even the cap could just be worn out and not holding pressure. Really the best thing to do would be go to your local Autozone, Advance, O'Reilly etc and get a pressure tester from the loaner program and pressure test it yourself. I've done this in their parking lots from time to time over the years. I just park around the building out of the way and let the car cool off and use it. Find out what's leaking, take the tool back inside and get your money back on the deposit, then buy what you need to make the repair.
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Old 14 Dec 2017, 08:39 am
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Just a guess, hung over heading home from a lady friends place this morning is the crack is in the middle of the radiator.

I will take the advise and loan a pressure tester today and report back.

Hoses only have 30,000 on them, for what thTs worth
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Old 14 Dec 2017, 08:59 am
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There are 2 rubber to metal lines on the passenger side...under the lip of the intake...in between the thermostat housing & the oil dipstick.
Hard to see from the top unless you remove the grill, but you can see from underneath the car with a flashlight.
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Old 14 Dec 2017, 11:24 am
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If the radiator is cracked I recommend replacing it. The cost of the radiator is very low and replacing it will give you a peace of mind that you are making sure the engine does not overheat. Hope it is just a minor repair.
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Old 14 Dec 2017, 03:44 pm
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Default Re: Help - radiator fluid leak

If the engine has been over heated a number of times the plastic radiator will become brittle from the super heat. They become brittle with age also. I have heard it said that the radiator should be changed out along with the timing belt at about 80 to 90 grand....
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Old 14 Dec 2017, 05:42 pm
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Oh no, Iíve got problems.

Last night I noticed smoke coming from under my engine. This morning on my way home again I noticed smoke. I stopped at a gas station to pop the hood. I saw radiator fluid had splattered a little bit. But I could not see the leak. All hoses look fine. I tried starting I️t and looking, nothing. Iím thinking the radiator is cracked. Maybe where the metal connects to the plastic.

My issue is Iím at a condo in Clearwater fl not in Orlando where I normally am. Otherwise Iíd take the radiator off and have I️t pressure checked. I think I may have to bring I️t to a shop. I️t never over heated.

What do you guys think?
mine leaked at the crimp. it was weird because the battery and battery tray were often covered with coolant.

$65 + 1 hour 40 minutes of my time to fix it

anybody try the $54 radiator

sounds like your issue. leaks from the radiator and the fan blows it all over

the cheapest radiator you can find would be the one i'd recommend. they're all plastic to aluminum crimped crap anyways. i used a TYC 2298. for an NA pt, nobody ever proved anything more expensive was any better. beating the piss out of my car on 100+ degree days with the ac cranked, the temp needle never moved up even a hair. pretty sure i was rougher on my PT than anyone else so if anyone would have had a problem, it would be me.
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Old 14 Dec 2017, 05:45 pm
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make sure you top off the coolant every morning until you fix it.

How long until you're back in Orlando?
How much coolant are you losing per day?

I'd hold off to avoid a shop ..if possible
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Old 14 Dec 2017, 07:57 pm
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I've replaced radiators in parking lots before. I prefer doing it in my shop.
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