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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 01-21-2009, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
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First Thread: SL500 Radiator DIY project coming up (PIC)

I've had a small leak in the inlet(cracked) of my sl500 for about a year. Tried to patch it with some hardcore PVC goop. Long story short it's leaking again so I'm just going to replace the radiator all together. Today, while trying to jimmy it again, the inlet snapped off and well, now the car isn't drivable.

My girlfriend gave me this car. She bought on much more expensive and since she had no use for it, whala its mine. Anyhow, she had a minor accident that damaged the front pass side, busted the bezel and the lens on the pass side with some minor cosmetic work. Here's where that part of the story ties into the cooling system. She damaged and knocked off the "secondary coolant overflow". I've been looking on parts sites and such, but I don't see a "secondary coolant overflow" listed anywhere.

I am looking for radiators locally at the dismantlers and such, or I just may get a aftermarket one. They seem to run around 450.00. No way am I paying a stealer 1000 dollars for a radiator on a car i got for free.

Anyhow, my question is this. Does anyone know a good place here in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles to get a radiator that is not 1000 dollars? The cheaper the better, as long as its made for my car year and model, fine. And does anyone know the real name for that "secondary overflow"?

Much appreciated.

I also saw that DIY thing on here with the convertible lockdown leaking hydaulics issue, yeah I got that too on the drivers side. Other than that, this car is awesome. One of the best cars I've ever had.

Thanks. Heres a pic for giggles.

Thanks everyone.

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I have this radiator issue solved. If anyone lives in L.A., there is a shop that came highly recommended to me in Reseda, called Reseda Radiator. They replace the plastic covers on the radiators to like new condition. My radiator is a Behr, so he says that they have a pretty much 100% success rate with them if the radiator is not damaged any kind of way.

Only takes a few hours. Time to move on to that leaky hydraulics while its winter time and the fluid is slower to leak.

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