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Old 08-25-2012, 02:02 PM   #1
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Default Upper radiator hose drip... HELP!

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My upper hose where it connects to the radiator... it drips from under the hose right where it connects to the upper radiator... I'm talking maybe the size of a quarter a night. I went out a bought a new hose, cleaned all the connections, installed the hose... same thing, the drip... I removed the hose and took fine steel wool and really cleaned it nice, so nice the brass now shines... same thing, that drip!!!!..
Is there anything i can use between the hose and radiator neck to stop this?
Has to be something... help me out here.. Thank You!!
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Old 08-25-2012, 02:33 PM   #2
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Could be the brass pipe/nipple, that the hose is tightened onto, to radiator solder connection. They can be fragile and easy to make leak. mike...
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Old 08-25-2012, 02:50 PM   #3
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Hi r70s,
I'm thinking the same thing as Mike.
Just maybe a pin hole in the solder connection from the neck to the radiator.
Could you tape a small piece of paper towel to the neck to see if where it gets wet would give you a clue to where the leak is?
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Old 08-25-2012, 04:11 PM   #4
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I did think of that option.... so i did pull the hose back and watched it with an inspection mirror. I kinda feel the brass isnt truely round and there maybe some hills and valleys, the rad is over 42 years old.
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Old 08-25-2012, 04:22 PM   #5
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OK. The hose is the "gasket". If it can not seal to the rad. pipe then it will of course leak. Good luck with it. mike...
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Old 08-25-2012, 07:31 PM   #6
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Could be the brass pipe/nipple, that the hose is tightened onto, to radiator solder connection. They can be fragile and easy to make leak. mike...
Took me time but yes.... it is leaking from the upper inlet to the radiator.
You guys were right, i wasnt sure so i backed off the hose to the max and saw it...
now.... a new rad isnt in the cards now, or having someone remove and repair it... Anyway to seal off the inlet/radiator connection?
jb weld?
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Old 08-25-2012, 07:42 PM   #7
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If you are very careful, you could try to resolder it after draining the anti-freeze to a lower level.
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Old 08-25-2012, 07:54 PM   #8
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Here's your answer....guaranteed to work. Good Luck.

http://www.solv-tec.com/k-seal
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Old 08-27-2012, 10:38 AM   #9
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If you are very careful, you could try to resolder it after draining the anti-freeze to a lower level.
I would be very careful when it comes to any resoldering attempts on the radiator outlet neck. Generally you'll wind up with a bigger mess than what you started with. Just because it has a minor leak does not necessarily mean you should buy a new radiator. Why don't don't you remove it, take it to a radiator repair shop and let them fix it? They can fix the leak, clean and pressure test it and paint it for you.
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Old 08-27-2012, 11:27 AM   #10
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take the car to a radiator shop and pull the top hose off and have them soldier it! Check with them first to see if the will do it that way.
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Old 08-27-2012, 12:17 PM   #11
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take the car to a radiator shop and pull the top hose off and have them soldier it! Check with them first to see if the will do it that way.
I was on vacation in Myrtle Beach many years ago and had that same problem. The owner of the motel we stayed at set us up with a radiator shop and they fixed it FOR FREE. I'm pretty sure they didn't pull the radiator and fix it FOR FREE.
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