92 Accord has leaking radiator

Discussion in 'Accord' started by Bill G, Nov 10, 2003.

  1. Bill G

    Bill G Guest

    I have a 92 Accord LX with the 4 cylinder, 4-spd automatic, and 130K

    I noticed today that about 5" of the seam along the upper radiator
    tank is split and leaking badly. Can this be repaired or is my best
    bet to simply replace the radiator? Is there anything particularly
    difficult about replacing the radiator on this car? I don't yet have a
    service manual, unfortunately, but tools and experience (on other
    vehicles) isn't a problem.

    If the radiator needs to be replaced, I guess I have the option of
    genuine Honda parts (about $220 at Majestic) or aftermarket (about $75
    at HondaAutoBodyPartsStore).


    Any help/tips appreciated.
    Bill G, Nov 10, 2003
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  2. Bill G

    N.E.Ohio Bob Guest

    Hard part is un-hooking the wires at the connectors for the fans. Be
    sure to use a flare nut wrench on the cooler lines. Leave the lower hose
    connected to the old radiator till you get it out. Take it loose at the
    thermostat housing. Be VERY careful when reassembling the fans to the
    new radiator. Some have soldered bolt connections that can break and
    leak. I got my last one at Parts America. Lifetime guarentee, and it had
    plastic brackets for the fan bolts. Worked fine for me. bob
    N.E.Ohio Bob, Nov 11, 2003
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  3. I suggest that you check the yellow pages for under "radiator shops".
    Visit a couple of them and ask them if they can install an after market
    radiator in your vehicle. Radiator repairs on old radiators are not a good
    idea since in about two years or less--it will probably start leaking
    Bill B. Johnson, Nov 11, 2003
  4. Bill G

    Bill G Guest

    Thanks for the feedback!
    Bill G, Nov 11, 2003
  5. Bill G

    Bill G Guest

    I agree w/you on not repairing old radiators. Turns out there are 3
    shops near my house that I'll check with before deciding whether to do
    the replacement myself.
    Bill G, Nov 11, 2003
  6. Bill G

    N.E.Ohio Bob Guest

    If you're around N.E.Ohio, come on by. I'll help you do it . No charge!
    N.E.Ohio Bob, Nov 11, 2003
  7. Bill G

    Bill G Guest

    Thanks, but I think you're at least a day and a half away! :)
    Bill G, Nov 11, 2003
  8. Bill G

    N.E.Ohio Bob Guest

    Wow! In 12 hours, I can be in Myrtle Beach. In 10 hours I can make it
    to Oshkosh. It's 12 hours to St. Louis. bob
    N.E.Ohio Bob, Nov 11, 2003
  9. Bill G

    xxxxxxxx Guest

    I had to replace mine at abpout the same milage (220,000.kilometeres)Better
    to replace .Its old and has already gone in one area , if you repair that
    problem it is sure to spring a leak elsewhere not too far down the road.
    Replace your upper and lower rad hoses at the same time along with the
    antifreeze if necessary.
    xxxxxxxx, Nov 12, 2003
  10. Bill G

    Bill G Guest

    Since the antifreeze is basically drained anyway, it makes sense to
    flush and fill with fresh stuff. I'll take a close look at the hoses
    and thermostat, too. Thanks.
    Bill G, Nov 12, 2003
  11. Bill G

    Bill G Guest

    I'm only 4 hours past St. Louis, but hey, I gotta stop and add
    antifreeze every so often! :)
    Bill G, Nov 12, 2003
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