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Radiator Life / When to replace #5319898 01/11/20 03:34 PM
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Need recommendation on when to replace original radiator.
2005 Toyota Camry V6 1MZ-FE purchased new. 130,000 mile now.
Toyota coolant every 3 years.
White residue along tank seams. Been there years with no change.
At 15 years old should I replace it?
If I replace what brand?

Re: Radiator Life / When to replace [Re: Bebop367] #5319901 01/11/20 03:36 PM
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Re: Radiator Life / When to replace [Re: Bebop367] #5319905 01/11/20 03:37 PM
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Honestly I wouldn’t change a radiator unless it’s leaking, performance shouldn’t be an issue despite age. I guess if you’re worried it’s going to break on you, go ahead, but I wouldn’t.


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Re: Radiator Life / When to replace [Re: Bebop367] #5319906 01/11/20 03:39 PM
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Wait for it to start leaking.

Re: Radiator Life / When to replace [Re: Bebop367] #5319917 01/11/20 03:46 PM
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Unless you have anything else wrong besides the residue, I would leave it be.......the 3 Toyota’s in my sig have never (knock wood) had a radiator issue due to our similar PM’ing of the cooling system.


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Re: Radiator Life / When to replace [Re: incognito_2u] #5319931 01/11/20 03:52 PM
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Wow 98 & 99 on original radiator.
I now thinking I could put in new one that worse quality wise than the Original.

Re: Radiator Life / When to replace [Re: Bebop367] #5319943 01/11/20 04:02 PM
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My 2003 echo i got rid of last year had the original radiator; always had red in it, changed less regularly than specified.

It had 3x+ the mileage as your car.

It probably is prudent just to do under hood inspections more often; i would not change unless you send a kid off to college with it.... or something similar


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Re: Radiator Life / When to replace [Re: Bebop367] #5320008 01/11/20 05:02 PM
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We recorded the average milage for broken rads at my work over several years. The average is about 120k. We did not compare car brands. Just averaged the milages of the cars that came in with broken rads.


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Re: Radiator Life / When to replace [Re: Bebop367] #5320012 01/11/20 05:04 PM
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Radiators aren't wear items to be replaced at regular intervals. Replace it when it leaks smile

Re: Radiator Life / When to replace [Re: Bebop367] #5320017 01/11/20 05:10 PM
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Mercedes e190 cracked plastic rad end tank outlet where hose goes onto after 25 years and caused overheat but cousin was able to catch it just in time.
I changed rad on my fiesta after 22 years age just to be on safe side and i suspected it may have been blocked or clogged up.
Took end tanks off and it was like new inside and even cut outlet off and noticed it had a brass reforcement inside it.
Turns out i didnt have rad issue. Plastic Waterpump impeller had shattered.

Celica got new rad on it. Original rad lasted 14 years and was missing a quarter of its fins.


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Re: Radiator Life / When to replace [Re: Bebop367] #5320034 01/11/20 05:24 PM
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I have 160,000 miles on my 20 year old Taurus rad. If you replace the coolant regularly, just keep going. smile


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Re: Radiator Life / When to replace [Re: Bebop367] #5320073 01/11/20 06:05 PM
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Check the color of your ATF and Coolant regularly, and save your money.


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Re: Radiator Life / When to replace [Re: Bebop367] #5320092 01/11/20 06:24 PM
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I have replaced two radiators. The neck broke off a brittle plastic side tank model and the other time a deer made it leak.


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Re: Radiator Life / When to replace [Re: slacktide_bitog] #5320120 01/11/20 06:44 PM
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Originally Posted by slacktide_bitog
Radiators aren't wear items to be replaced at regular intervals. Replace it when it leaks smile

I miss the old days, when leaking meant boil it out & repair it (like my F-450, now 30+ years on the original one!).


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Re: Radiator Life / When to replace [Re: Bebop367] #5320135 01/11/20 06:59 PM
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280k original radiator...........why mess with success?


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