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Old 06-26-2001, 06:53 PM
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If your car is a '90 and the radiator has never been replaced, you may want to do so...your car has a notable tendency to have its radiator fail catastrophically. Not to make you paranoid, but more often then any of us would like to admit the 300E radiator top necks fail-if you were to not notice the huge water loss and attendant temp increase, you could cook the motor. I just pro-actively replaced my 300TE-I figured the old one had gone 170k mi and 13 years, so that was long enough: plastic gets brittle.

As to your case, it might not be a poor performing radiator; I know sometimes that a lack of a thermostat allows the coolant to flow through the radiator too quickly to cool properly, so perhaps that's why you still experienced elevated temps?

Good luck, and keep us posted.
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