Is there a temporary fix for a crack in the plastic top of my '95 camry radiator?

Asked by Dec 31, 2014 at 02:12 AM about the 2005 Toyota Camry

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

my car overheated and a 4" crack developed in the top of my radiator.  I tried to epoxy it
by that didn't work.  I need to repair the crack to get the car home, temperatures have
been below O.

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78,195

A 4 inch is way too big to just repair, your choices are limited, you could spring for a new radiator, find a radiator shop that might have a top tank and replace yours, finally put in a used one from a wrecking yard just to get it home. But you have to find out why it overheated in the first place.

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78,195

Did a head gasket blow and pressurize the cooling system high enough it cracked the radiator? Did the heater core suffer damage also? Water pump fail?

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Temporarily .....with the engine cold....remove radiator cap and try a two part epoxy again. Lightly sand the crack and apply the epoxy. The surface must be CLEAN. Check with a auto parts store an see if they have a low pressure Rad. cap.....7lb. cap. The primary question was raised above....what caused the car to overheat? That needs to be answered before you spend a lot of $$$$ on a new radiator

I've replaced my radiator since originally asking this question. Now I have an Extreme leak coming from the back side of the engine. As I originally said; the temperature was below 0 at the time and the car sat for 3 days, could I have blown a freeze plug? docwellfish

78,195

If the coolant protection wasn't high enough then yes it could have, and if that is the. ASE the other freeze plugs could be damaged, they might not leak right one but could start at any time, also check your heater core and hoses, you never know. I have seen engines froze so bad that the water pumps were shoved right off the block and heads and blocks busted.

19,235

to late now but bondo would have fixed it...

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