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USed radiator or aftermarket.

Post by hanzbe420 » Tue Feb 11, 2020 7:40 am

Hi guys I called the junk yard for a radiator. And they have a used one. My worries are its the original one from 06. Which is pretty old. I already put a deposit on it. Its only 45 bucks. I just need one that's gonna last a few years. I don't wanna be changing it a year later. I hope its not all messed up.

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Re: USed radiator or aftermarket.

Post by June » Tue Feb 11, 2020 7:45 am

Don't bother unless your original is leaking. Factory is Valeo. June
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Re: USed radiator or aftermarket.

Post by oragex » Tue Feb 11, 2020 8:10 am

Yours is leaking ? If not, as above, keep it and use the correct coolant. These last longtime unless the car bumps something like a parking lot stopper (may crack near the upper brackets when the bumper forces upwards slightly). Otherwise a used one that's not leaking should be fine, but removal is not fun, usually from underneath the car

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Re: USed radiator or aftermarket.

Post by volvooh » Tue Feb 11, 2020 1:54 pm

I owned a lot of volvo's and changed quite a few radiators. I personally would not go to the hassle of putting a 14 year old radiator in your vehicle. I think that it is close to the end of its useful life already. Double that sentiment if you are changing the radiator in a turbo.

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Re: USed radiator or aftermarket.

Post by abscate » Tue Feb 11, 2020 7:27 pm

A new Nissens is $122

$45 for a used pnp is way too high
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Re: USed radiator or aftermarket.

Post by amblerman » Tue Feb 11, 2020 7:48 pm

I too thought $45 for a used one at a PnP seemed high but I figured:
a) I'm cheap and out of touch with actual prices.
b) maybe that $45 was them pulling it, cleaning and pressure testing it to ensure it's tight and leak free and proving a 90 day warranty.

Then I realized there's no way b could be true. :-)

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Re: USed radiator or aftermarket.

Post by abscate » Wed Feb 12, 2020 4:31 am

I could see doing it if you found a rear hit car with a new radiator verified by date code. The junkyard only gave the last guy $200 for the car and it’s worth 200 in metal, so bargain hard on those parts.

Alldata reports 2.4 hours for radiator RR so maybe only 1 hour to remove. I think that’s optimistic to say the least. It took me an hour to get four radiator fan bolts loose.
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Re: USed radiator or aftermarket.

Post by hanzbe420 » Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:14 pm

Yes it was leaking. Unfortunately i don't have the leisure of waiting 10 days for delivery. Yes jy had to pull it out. The junkyard one was valeo from a v70, my leaking one from my car was nissens. I hit a bank and it started leaking. The leaking one was really clean. The used one was so dirty. It was a bitch to put in. Took me like 3-4 hours with limited tools and going slow. It does have a 90 day warranty. They didn't clean it or pressure test it. But i will be pissed if i have to change again anytime soon. I think it was harder to change my 850's radiator, that failed and started leaking oil in coolant. But i didn't have any Jack stands this time, just one jack. I lifted the right side up only. Not even that hi, and it came out easy without having to further lift the car. I should of got the aftermarket one for 55$ but i can't have my car down that long. And the used radiator was made in 07 so its 12 years old.

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Re: USed radiator or aftermarket.

Post by abscate » Thu Feb 13, 2020 4:40 am

Harry’s price in a radiator is 45 too, this is not a good path given the new options.

3-4 hours is not unreasonable at all for this job. On my P80 I struggled with the four sand which bolts, the radiator fan shroud bolts ( awful, since replaced with stainless) and the two M8 radiator ear bolts..I had to drill one out.

Evan and I did his P2 radiator in about 4 hours I think, fasteners there were a lot better.

Where is the date code on a P2 radiator? Can you take a picture of the old one?
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Re: USed radiator or aftermarket.

Post by hanzbe420 » Thu Feb 13, 2020 6:29 am

Yea I didn't have a second jack to support the ic, condensor, and I also had a hard time lining them up to get the screws in. I will take a picture of the Nissen radiator that was in there, the date sticker. It was either on the top or bottom. O does anyone no why my window would roll down randomly in the middle of the night. It happened twice. And snowed last night and rain. Wasn't to happy. Unless I'm going crazy forgetting to. But I highly doubt that lol.

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