Need advice on radiator repair or replacement.
In trying to wrestle a bad a/c compressor out of my '97 Buick, I just poked a hole in the radiator! (I’m going to scream!) It’s a 3.8L Series II. I think it’s too big to repair with stop leak, but not sure. Outflow seems to indicate a little bigger than a pin hole, but not much bigger. Maybe about 1/16 in. diameter. Could be a little smaller, or a little larger. I’ll try a good stop leak but I fear hole might be too large. Short of buying a new radiator and replacing, another rather desperate option might be to a radiator swap out with the 3.8L in a 1999 Town&Country. However, the T/C 3.8L is “Supercharged.” The radiator on it seems to vary quite a lot from the radiator on the 97 LaSabre. IF I can remove the 99 T/C radiator, I’m not sure it would swap over to the LeSabre. Plus it’s been sitting for 2 or 3 years.
Any advice here much appreciated. I’ve spent several days on this 97 Buick LeSabre a/c compressor removal, all in effort to install a false a/c pulley, just to get back on the road. It’s been one roadblock after another…not right tool, wrong part sent out, maddening difficulty to even reach necessary bolts/nuts, etc. I’m losing it!