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Old 08-25-2010, 10:56 AM   #1
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Default D2 Radiator repair? Broken coolant bottle return nipple

So the return for the overflow (small nipple to the right on the upper most part of the radiator) basically broke off. There is not enough (or not much) of an area to get the hose on with a clamp to make it not leak.

So is there a fix for this - some type of couple that permantly mounts on that nipple to extend to I can get a hose and clamp on?

Seems ashame to replace the whole radiator for just that piece (no leaks or issues otherwise)

Didn't know if there was a part or quick fix or even if it is a common issue.

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Old 08-25-2010, 11:16 AM   #2
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They do break off, all the plastic parts get brittle. You are SOL unless you can figure out a way to epoxy something on there.
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Old 08-25-2010, 12:01 PM   #3
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Go to a local radiator repair shop. You can get them to replace the side tank with a new one.
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Old 08-25-2010, 12:18 PM   #4
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Go to a local radiator repair shop. You can get them to replace the side tank with a new one.
not on a d2 with plastic end tanks.
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Old 08-25-2010, 12:19 PM   #5
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Default Re: D2 Radiator repair? Broken coolant bottle return nipple

i had mine crap out and crack on me as well. you're stuck with getting a replacement. unfortunately, it's a vulnerable position that gets a lot of heat and will wear. get it replaced with a used one or buy a new one.
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Old 08-25-2010, 12:43 PM   #6
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not on a d2 with plastic end tanks.
Yes, I just had it done about a month ago.
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Old 08-26-2010, 03:33 AM   #7
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Yes, I just had it done about a month ago.
has it started leaking yet?
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Old 08-26-2010, 05:21 AM   #8
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Yes, I just had it done about a month ago.
How much did this cost?
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Old 08-26-2010, 09:36 AM   #9
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I did just wind up getting a new one...with 183k on the truck - I figured I got some use out of the old one even though it sux to have to get a whole new one for this issue.

Got one of AB ones for $300 - seemed reasonable. Installation will take up a good part of my day is the part that sucks also - but that is part of it.

I did limp along with it broken for a bit - I took a dremel and carved out some area around the nipple (there are ridges around the nipple) to get better purchase with the hose to fit on better and a hose clamp. It lasted for about 5 months then started leaking a week ago - tightened it up, stopped a bit but now seeping, so it is time.

Anyway I figured I would ask. Thanks -

Now on to the install -
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How much did this cost?
Total ended up coming to $120 for the tank, and for them putting it on of course. I did pull the radiator and re-install it myself however.
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Old 08-26-2010, 03:08 PM   #11
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it will leak on you...


ia hve seen some drill out the remnants of the nipple, tap it and thread in a brass nipple with thread sealer on it. didn't leak as far as I could tell. don't know if i would do that though.
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Old 08-26-2010, 03:17 PM   #12
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ia hve seen some drill out the remnants of the nipple, tap it and thread in a brass nipple with thread sealer on it. didn't leak as far as I could tell. don't know if i would do that though.
That is what I was thinking of doing - but like I said with the mileage it was due and by the time I did all of that I could probably been halfway thru replacement.
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