Acura Repair Questions? Ask a Mechanic for Answers ASAP
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Wow, this was easier the first time. I have a radiator crack and has been bonded. I am afraid it cracked on the other side and am looking for a replacement.
Ok were you looking for a factory OEM radiator or wanting to go with an aftermarket?
Well what's the diff? Is one better than the other. The one in my car is plastic and it cracked all along the top. Just below the cap. I prefer a metal radiator. But what do I know. That's why I'm calling on the experts :)
I'm a girl.
Lol.....I understand that. Unless you go with a aluminum racing radiator it will be hard to find a radiator with a metal tank.
OEM is going to be your best option but much more expensive. Let me give you a few links where you can purchase a radiator.
Do you have a VIN# XXXXX your TL or do you know if it has the 2.5L or 3.2L engine?
I just want to get it fixed because I need to go to Corpus next month and I don't want to have to worry about my car breaking down. The way it looks now, the radiator cracked on the other side opposite the one I bonded.
my VIN# XXXXX
I know that OEM are more expensive. About $400. What about an aftermarket? By the way, what is meant by Dansco and Showra?
In that link you can purchase a new OEM radiator.
Do you mean Denso and Showa?
It is the manufacturer of the radiator. Which do you have?
Yes but it will be either a Denso or Showa
I'm a girl! How am I supposed to know? You tell me.
It will say on the top tank of the radiator.
I won't know without being able to look at it......sorry.
So is an aftermarket just as good?
I see they run about 1/2 over an OEM.
Some are.....it just depends on where you purchase it from. AutoZone offers radiator's that are very good comparable to the OEM.
OK, there's an AutoZone near here. What do I tell them I need?
Just go to them and tell them what model Acura you have and they will be able to look up the different options for you.
Oh, ok! You have been very helpful! Anything else I should know? Will the radiator come with whatever is needed to get it replaced?
It will be just the radiator with all the fittings for the cooler lines. I would also recommend installing new upper and lower radiator hoses while you are doing this if they have never been replaced.
You will have to swap over the cooling fans from your old radiator.
Expensive? Not that I'm cheap. I like to keep my car in good condition, it's my lifeline to my job.
No the hoses will only be additional $30-40
What about the cooling fans? Is that the fan that runs when I turn off my car?
Yes that is correct.....if they are working at this time I would not replace them.
Don't replace the hoses?
Yes replace the hoses but not the cooling fans unless they don't work.
Now I'm really confused. Make it simple for me. Buy radiator and hoses but no cooling fan?
When would I know that the cooling fans don't work?
If you turn your A/C on with the car running both fans should be running. If both fans are running then they do not need to be replaced.
Yes buy the radiator and hoses but no fans.
Ok. Yes I think I hear 2 fans come on when I have the A/C on. Never really stopped to listen, though. So I will turn on A/C and listen for 2 fans, right?
Well you can listen or pop the hood and look at each fan that is mounted to the radiator. You will be able to see them spinning.
If they're spinning, I'm good!?
You have been very patient with me and I appreciate that. Thank you for bearing with me
No problem at all and yes you are good if they are spinning.
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