Radiator replacement


#1

I inherited my Grandfather’s 1990 Chevy S-10 w/ 42,000 miles on it 4 years ago. It now has 80,000. It has been garaged and carefully maintained all along. My radiator recently started leaking and I’ve been told I need it replaced. Does this seem right? I thought radiator’s lasted a long time. I live in a moderate climate and only drive to the bus stop and grocery store.


#2

Well, it did last 17 years. Regardless of the reason, if it’s leaking it needs to be repaired or replaced, probably replaced.


#3

Radiators do last a long time – ten years easy. But if yours is leaking then it must be replaced. Nothing else to do; avoid home remedies.


#4

I buy all my replacement radiators from 1-800-RAD-IATOr. They ship overnight if they don’t have a warehouse in your area. Reasonable prices. Never had one leak yet.


#5

How long do you want the radiator to last? It was installed in 1990. It has ALREADY lasted a long time (17 years). Now it needs to be replaced.


#6

Don’t even question it. It needs replacing.


#7

That radiator was probably built, along with the rest of the truck in 1989, so it’s about time for it to go.
18 years is a pretty good lifespan.