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replacement radiator

Discussion in '2nd Gen Tundras (2007-2013)' started by tommac207, Apr 8, 2017.

  1. Apr 8, 2017 at 3:58 PM
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    tommac207

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    looking for DYI radiator to replace my OEM w/ a core leak, 07 Crew Max ,
    lots to choose from , any one got recommendations ? to buy or to avoid ?
     
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  2. Apr 8, 2017 at 4:05 PM
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    Why not just have it recored? Most radiator shops can do that for you.
     
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    I had to repair a hole in the core of the radiator for my 4Runner. I pulled it and brought it to a radiator shop. The guy charged me $23 and had it done in about 45 mins. Haven't had any issues w it. That was 4 years ago.
     
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    Hey Bob ..By record ..Are you referring to replacing the radiator core ? Don't know the difference in this and replacing the radiator ?
    To Bprose..Good idea ..but.I assumed that w 200k miles on my core , it's got to have some circulation loss?
    Last time I had any radiator issues was 5 cars ago ,late 80s , no real idea on typical core corrosion results from even my 07 tundra
     
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    And to both ....My typo DYI.....Should have been ..DIY..oops
     
  6. Apr 8, 2017 at 10:58 PM
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    Yeah. Basically they take your radiator, remove the core and replace it with a new one. Usually can be done for much less than the price of a new radiator, particularly if you are paying dealer prices. At 200k Miles, you probably don't want to play whack-a-mole by just patching holes.
     
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  7. Apr 9, 2017 at 6:26 AM
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    Yeah, core replacement uses your tanks, top n bottom, just replaces middle.
    Oh yeah, 95 runner w 230k miles. It's in Yuma, az. 120 degree summers, runs right in the middle of temp gauge still has ice cold a/c.
     
  8. Apr 9, 2017 at 9:02 AM
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    They still do this with plastic tanks? I've had radiators recored in the past but they were soldered on.
     
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    I'm not sure w plastic tanks. I had a 97 Silverado that had plastic tanks, the top tank cracked and I just replaced the whole radiator, w one w an extra row. It ran about $125.
    I'm not even sure about the radiator in the tundra. Mines still pretty new, haven't looked at it.
     
  10. Apr 9, 2017 at 11:11 AM
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    Aluminum core, plastic tank rads are disposable. Some rad shops will attempt to recrimp the tanks to repair a leak at a tank gasket, but I've never seen it last.
     
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    Don't try to get repaired, just get a new one. I would look for a denso Amazon has for 175. If you go to parts store the spectra or tyc brands are OK. Or call 1800radiator I think they are nationwide they sell good stuff we use them at my shop
     
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