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Old 10-02-2018, 02:55 PM
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Default Radiator recore,plastic top?

Can plastic top and bottom radiators be recored?

Loadall rad has started leaking at bottom,it's mostly eaten away no damage,£430 for a new one is best price I can find.
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Old 10-02-2018, 03:21 PM
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Default Re: Radiator recore,plastic top?

I fitted a new one for a chap last year, same dilemma. As it was a machine he needed every day to feed his cows he bit the bullet and went for new. In theory a new core could be bonded to the tanks again (in theory you can also plant a feather and grow your own hen) but there's very little left when you remove the core and the plastic will inevitably get stressed a bit during dismantling plus it's going to be aged and brittle going forward. My advice is unless you are a dealer moving the machine on go new, the day in the future you're sitting with a seized engine that radiator will have looked good value for money. We asked a local radiator repair service about it and he didn't want to recore it for the reasons outlined above despite having made us numerous radiators from scratch in the past so his advice was good enough for us. Ironically the plastic tanks are a performance downgrade as they don't radiate additional the heat the way metal ones would but they cost the bean counters a fraction of the cost of a metal tank so you got plastic then. New design is always primarily aimed at increasing margin not product performance. I suspect a complete radiator costs JCB in around the £100 mark.

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Yes had a 3cx one leak , put a can of K seal in it and it never leaked again , local rad place were lined up to do it
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Worth trying K seal, it is really good stuff. Used it a lot on Landroverís and it always sorted out the leaks.
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Worth trying K seal, it is really good stuff. Used it a lot on Landroverís and it always sorted out the leaks.
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and if it worked on a Land Rover rad ........ it'll work on anything
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Usual thing with age the ally has gone powdered,I'd prefer a new rad with ally top and bottom,not keen on plastic had one split on a tractor last week.
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