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Please help :-( Rad leak

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by Kuzzie, Jul 14, 2010.

  1. Kuzzie
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    Hi all I know this is my first post but i'm desperate to see if i need it fixing now.

    Basically I have a 2000 1.9tdi (no air con) and the other day I totally ran out of coolant, turns out the rad is leaking but only slightly. You can see the pink goo coming through the gaps in the rad. The guy in Audi topped it up with water and its only dropped half an inch in a week.
    Im meant to be driving around a safari park this weekend and dunno if its safe!
    Will rad weld help? And I have been quoted £120 (cash) for new rad and fitting, is that cheap?

    Thanks!
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    not a bad price for a new rad and fitting at all!

    radweld will help until then although some ppl will say it will clog up other things
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    DO NOT TOUCH RADWELD

    your downside will be is having a gyppo rad fitted. theyre quite important... id get a proper rad
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    So the views of radweld are try and stay away as it can clog other things yeah?

    Matt82- sorry dont understand what you mean about a gyppo rad, you think for that price including fitting its not a proper rad?
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    phone vw and ask how much a rad is and then decide if youre getting a gyppo rad or not
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    Welly VX220 SC Driver :)

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    LOL, agreed.

    However, that sort of stuff does have it's uses now and then....

    For example, I fixed my mate's mum's Rover K Series (box of sh*t) engine's head gasket with this: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Radiator-Head...CarParts_SM&hash=item45f3b6c895#ht_2408wt_911.

    Was getting through a header tank of coolant every day, and leaking oil as well. Thought I'd give that a blast for £15, and it has never required water or oil since. That was about 6 months ago now... I advised her to sell it sharpish, but she's still got the damn thing!

    Cough. Bodge. Sell.
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    zakly. you wouldnt want to own a car held together with taht sort of thing
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    Welly VX220 SC Driver :)

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    Ummmm, f**k no.
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    i heard vauxhalls come with that in from the factory. bet you didnt know that now
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    Welly VX220 SC Driver :)

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    :tapedshut:
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    DONT DO RADWELD ITS BAAAAAAAAAD.

    I currently have the same trouble but today, purchased a new rad, audi equivalent for £47.50
    £12 for 3l of coolent and £20 to fit. BARGAINS
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    audi equivalent... ie same shape? lol
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    Wow rob thats good, the guy offering to do mine works for VW as a mobile mechanic so im not worried about it being a bad rad. I looked on GFS website and for a new rad looks about £50-£70.
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    not like the rads important or anything
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    Not in the slightest....
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    But Audi dont make radiators so it shouldnt cost so much from an Audi garage?
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