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    Default Probably need to get the radiator replaced.

    I have a leak in the bottom left hand corner of my radiator as you face the front of the car. I need to put about ½ litre of coolant/water mix in every 3 weeks or so. I’m nearly sure I have to replace the radiator as the leak is quite noticeable along where the plastic and metal meets. Its like the metal has corroded and I can see the fluid forming at the bottom of the rad.

    My question is do I need to replace the radiator or is there anything that can be done to save the existing one?

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    Seems common, sadly its a new rad needed..

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    Same as mine when i park up i can see a wet patch just under bumper lip and coolant has been going down slowly

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    Mine was the leaking from the same place but only as steam/vapour. A new radiator is the only way to go imo. I personaly would not use rad weld or similar.

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    Is radiator replacement a difficult DIY job? I think mine has gone the same way as you describe above.

    Paul
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    Its a fairly straight forward job, but will take some time if you have not done anything like it before.
    I bought the Haynes manual and it took me through the steps, it covers everything.
    You need axel stands to take the rad out through the bottom.

    I would recomend you buy the Haynes manual and see from what they say if you thinkn you will be able to do it.

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    Buy a recon one.

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    half a pot of ground ginger job done cost 17p lol

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    Cheers, guys. I enjoy working on cars and have been doing so and restoring classics for about twenty years, on and off. I have the Haynes but it doesn't cover the GSi. But looking at it, it doesn't look to be a difficult job.

    Just got to get the radiator now... Any suggestions?

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    I got my rad from http://www.northernradiators.co.uk/
    It worked out the cheapest when ordering from Ireland.
    Delivery cost may affect your choice if you reside in England.

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