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Anyone changed their Radiator themselves??

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by OVRA3, Jan 24, 2013.

  1. OVRA3

    OVRA3 Well-Known Member

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    Hi guys,

    Had a collant leak from the bottom of my radiator for sometime now. It has been a very slow leak till now.. Only a dribble of coolant required every few months, however with the cold weather etc I think its now on it way out. I put some in at the weekend and got the light on today again.. So its time to get it sorted me thinks.. I'm going to go aftermarket as to be fair I think I'll only have another year or two max with this car before I S3 things anyway.. I know its a bumper off job but how difficult is it and how long will it take me?

    Thanks guys
     
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    I would give yourself a good 4-5 hrs to do the job as its very fiddly when you have the air con condenser to move out the way as well. You could always try some rad weld to see if that cures the problem! I have used it a couple of my old cars and it worked a treat!!
     
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    I'd give yourself the whole day with this cold weather, just slows things down & the unknowns always get you, as I've removed the whole lot before, wasnt fun thats for sure.
     
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    Hmmm maybe ill get my mate to do it, he's a mechanic and will be cheaper on labour costs. For him to do it as he knows what's he's doing... Say 3 hours labour?

    Can anyone recommend any good aftermarket radiators that are cheap?

    Thanks guys
     
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    In this weather i would leave it with a mechanic unless you have a nice garage to work in.

    Radtec do VERY good quality ally rads but aren't cheap but then again they aren't massively over priced.
     
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    Thing is, I wouldnt go cheap as its not a fun job, so if its a cheap nasty rad, you maybe back changing it again in the near future, pay once etc
     
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    NHN stoooooppppp makkkkiinnggg me sppeeennnd monnneeeeyy.!!! lol

    Take your point on board though... :)
     
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    Hey you're not alone, been told my rads leaking top corner now, joyyyyy.
     
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    I have to be totally honest I love my Audi the way its drives how it looks etc.. But if I told you how much I have spent on it since Ive had it you wouldnt believe me.. Actually you probably would! I've kind of got used to the cost of it now.. but it is one thing after another.. I'm def going with a newer car next time with Warranty!
     
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    Oh trust me, I know the amount of money we spend, mines probably allot higher than most, on mods alone lol, research & all :)
     
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