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Old 21 Jun 2006, 12:09 pm   #1 (permalink)
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How much should I be paying for a new radiator for the 96 Camry?

There is about a 6-8 inch crack along the front of the housing.

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Old 21 Jun 2006, 01:25 pm   #2 (permalink)
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> How much should I be paying for a new radiator for the 96 Camry?
>
> There is about a 6-8 inch crack along the front of the housing.
>
> Thanks!


Those radiators go US$150-200 new at NAPA.
Some good radiator shops claim that they can repair plastic or metal
radiators that are cracked like this. Don't know what it costs.


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Old 21 Jun 2006, 10:54 pm   #3 (permalink)
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With that large a crack, it's not worth trying to fix it. But you can
buy one of those $4 radiator epoxy for a temporary fix. But you'll be
driving on borrowed time.

NAPA radiators are from Modine, now called Proliance
(http://www.pliii.com). They come with a lifetime warranty and they are
local stores near you. Good deal. Koyos are good, but with a 1-year
warranty.

Good time to change out the hoses with NAPA's Gates hoses
(www.gates.com). Also change out the rad cap with a spring-loaded metal
vacuum return valve, not one with the loose plastic floater valve.

For cheaper online prices you'll have to pay shipping:
www.rockauto.com
KOYO Part # 1640003061 $118.79
PROLIANCE Part # 432363 $109.79 (may not have lifetime warranty like
NAPA)

Make sure you use Toyota red coolant with distilled water (or Toyota
pre-dilluted pink coolant). If you need to change the thermostat, use a
Toyota thermostat. These are the few Toyota OEM parts I'll use.



HLS@nospam.nix wrote:
> Those radiators go US$150-200 new at NAPA.
> Some good radiator shops claim that they can repair plastic or metal
> radiators that are cracked like this. Don't know what it costs.


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Old 22 Jun 2006, 07:44 am   #4 (permalink)
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<HLS@nospam.nix> wrote in message

> Those radiators go US$150-200 new at NAPA.
> Some good radiator shops claim that they can repair plastic or metal
> radiators that are cracked like this. Don't know what it costs.


You can get one closer to $100 with lifetime. I tried the Modine, which has
a good reputation, but the top tank design is exactly like the original
(mine's '93). I got a CSF, which was closer in design to the original in
the top tank and allowed for better mounting (should float on rubber parts).
It's a DYI job, but not for everyone. Thermostat on the V6 engine is deep,
near the pump.

RichK


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