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Old 04-23-2007, 08:06 AM
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Angry stuck at work, help radiator nipple broke

I think my nipple broke on the radiator where the hose attaches from the coolant resevoir.

Is there a bandaid fix....to get me home.....

It looks like there is a plastic nipple attached to the radiator the skinny hose from the overflow coolant resevoir and the plastic niple broke off in the hose....

Help....

Do I need a new radiator.
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Old 04-23-2007, 08:14 AM
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Man, this seems to be happening to a lot of people lately. If it's not too hot out, you "should" be able to make it home - just watch your temp. guage. You will lose some fluid and may make a mess of your engine - so be warned. I ended up replacing my radiator - do a search for radiator nipple.
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Old 04-23-2007, 09:41 AM
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broken

I did the same thing - hit the resevoir line with my elbow messing with the air intake and snapped it off - ended up getting a new radiator

someone needs to come up with a "shield" to protect that exposed piece - way too easy to snap off
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Old 04-23-2007, 11:02 AM
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Yup me too- messing with the air intake... Seems like they could have at least added another foot to the hose to give you more room.
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Old 04-23-2007, 11:15 AM
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damn....

that is what I was working on. Changing the air clearer mounts....

I am thinking of the insert fix....
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Old 04-23-2007, 11:31 AM
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Hmm, when I rebuilt my air cleaner mounts, I disconnected the hose from the expansion tank... I just felt like things were too close, I guess from all the broken line posts, I got lucky!
of course, it didn't help by much, the lower tank on the radiator was bad anyway...
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I think my nipple broke on the radiator where the hose attaches from the coolant resevoir.

Is there a bandaid fix....to get me home.....
Leave the cap off the expansion tank.

Drive the vehicle........easy........don't push it and heat it up or you'll blow out coolant and possibly overheat it.

Don't exceed 60 mph........and don't accelerate quickly...........easy does it and you'll get home.
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Old 04-23-2007, 12:58 PM
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Man, this seems to be happening to a lot of people lately.
Same here, working on the air filter.

Perhaps all work done on the passenger side of the 617 motor should begin with;

"Remove Radiator Overfill Hose!"
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that is what I was working on. Changing the air clearer mounts....

I am thinking of the insert fix....
I'd do a little MATH on the subject.... A new radiator cost....$200.- $250.
A new engine from saving a few bucks trying to fix the radiator nipple...$6500.
Chances are that the top radiator hose neck is about to go too.
HOW LUCKY DO YOU FEEL????
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Old 04-23-2007, 06:59 PM
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thanks, radiator brand preference?

Thanks Brian,

I made it home, loosened the cap, temp did not get about about 85C and I was able to jam the overflow hose into the opening where the nipple broke off, it actually didn't even look like it leaked anymore

I am thinking about ordering a Nissen Radiator and hoses from **************. I have ordered a few parts before from him, and according to him the Nissen is a better radiator than the Behr. Any opinions here?

Also, what type of job am I looking at... radiator and both hoses...


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Leave the cap off the expansion tank.

Drive the vehicle........easy........don't push it and heat it up or you'll blow out coolant and possibly overheat it.

Don't exceed 60 mph........and don't accelerate quickly...........easy does it and you'll get home.
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somebody take pics of this problem, give me some info. Im a 124 guy, but have a side business fixing crap like this on my track car VWs and BMWs. We have access to a gazillion dollars in CNC equipment. If its machineable, we can fix it...

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somebody take pics of this problem, give me some info. Im a 124 guy, but have a side business fixing crap like this on my track car VWs and BMWs. We have access to a gazillion dollars in CNC equipment. If its machineable, we can fix it...
The little nipple breaks off at the radiation junction.

What did John break today?
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Old 04-23-2007, 09:13 PM
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I am thinking about ordering a Nissen Radiator and hoses from **************. I have ordered a few parts before from him, and according to him the Nissen is a better radiator than the Behr. Any opinions here?

Also, what type of job am I looking at... radiator and both hoses...
I tend to think that he's right about the Nissens. The Behr is running on it's reputation as OE and I'm certainly not a fan of that plastic crap.

The best radiator is a custom made aluminum unit from Wizard cooling.......about $400.........but, way better than any Behr or Nissens. I'm sorely tempted........

No big deal to replace the radiator. Be careful of the transmisson hoses and unbolt the oil cooler from the main radiator right in the vehicle. Don't disturb the oil cooler lines.
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Old 04-23-2007, 10:44 PM
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No big deal to replace the radiator. Be careful of the transmisson hoses and unbolt the oil cooler from the main radiator right in the vehicle. Don't disturb the oil cooler lines.
BTW, if it's like mine (which it should be), you only have to remove the top clamp on the oil cooler, the bottom one will just slide off when you lift the radiator. I also found that I didn't have to remove the fan, I just disconnected the fan shroud and moved it toward the engine. The whole job only took about an hour. Be careful not to over-tighten the hose clamps on the new radiator.
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Old 04-23-2007, 11:13 PM
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thanks

Thanks, I have to order something now...

I am going with the Nissen, and upper/lower hoses, and a new thermostat.

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BTW, if it's like mine (which it should be), you only have to remove the top clamp on the oil cooler, the bottom one will just slide off when you lift the radiator. I also found that I didn't have to remove the fan, I just disconnected the fan shroud and moved it toward the engine. The whole job only took about an hour. Be careful not to over-tighten the hose clamps on the new radiator.
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