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Hello,

I seem to be getting little puffs of steam.. from my radiator. Now somebody tell me this is a good thing right?


More to the point, are there any particular pitfalls or difficulties I should know about before changing the radiator? How much should I pay for a recon unit?

Having looked at it, the lowest three bars are in a REALLY bad state, probably the worst condition I have ever seen on any car, regardless of mileage. The protection from stones seems to be very little. Is this a known problem, or am I missing a part? Or has my car done 200,000miles directly behind pickups on b roads?

Thanks, Pete
 

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i just had all mine out for engine-out time.. no major pitfalls just remember where it all goes! (having acc and an auto turbo = four 'radiators' and a gearbox coolant 'element' in a tight space)
i'd replace any tired mounting bolts with new bronze ones, cos if the rads that tired the mountings possibly will be too..
if all coolant pipes havent gone soft or look dodgy i'd leave alone, just my humble opinion.
 

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Hoses on my (then 8 year old) '87 9000i were the only thing that let it down, two letting go in a matter of months. I've never had any problems with any of my other Saabs though so maybe they weren't up to scratch from the start.

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Yep it's one of the easier jobs, almost a pleasure in fact. Had to change mine at the end of summer (plastic hose connector had age hardened and decided to shear off when I stopped in a car park miles from home - typical!!!)Like Rhino, mine is an auto with ACC a nd turbo - lots off rads to play with but it's all straight forward - honestly.
Can't remeber where I got mine from, but it wasn't too expensive, I think it was about 80 quid.

Have fun, it's just the weather for cooling system jobs.
 

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..and just to make you happier in this cold weather, if you had a '95on audi amongst others(not sure why but anyway) you'd be removing headlamps, grille, front crossmember, bumper, foglamps.. before you even got to the pile of rads! happy days
 

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That's all good to hear, maybe I'll enjoy it..

For now I have opted to leave alone as the steam is only happening on occasion, and having kept an eye on it, I don't seem to loose much water. Might be a job for springtime before it gets hot again. Now there's a thought.

Pete
 

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Looks like you have done well at 200,000. Mine is only on half that and is puffing steam occasionally and has been for the past 18 months. I spoke to a radiator specialist and he says that because they are aluminium they corrode gradually. The puffs of steam are from tiny perforations in the aluminium. I am having mine reconditioned with a higher density core for about £75 in a few weeks. This should help cure the dreaded overheating and head gasket failure.
 
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