Re: [DML] Plastic vs. Metal Radiators: Not much difference.
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Re: [DML] Plastic vs. Metal Radiators: Not much difference.



The difference is that I have had a plastic side radiator completely  
blow off the side and lost all coolant, metal radiators just leaked  
when they got bad. None of these were on a Delorean.

Plastic was always total loss of coolant.

Metal was leaking of coolant and drivable.

Big difference to me.

Mark V


On Nov 18, 2007, at 11:20 PM, therealdmcvegas wrote:

> Plastic most likely has NOTHING AT ALL to do with the tanks leaking...
>
> I've got an all metal 3-core radiator, and the thing leaks on the
> seams where the metal tanks are. The reason? I keep slamming the
> radiator bolts on the bottom into concrete plyons/stops/curbs in
> parking spaces. This causes the radiator to flex. Yes, if the plastic
> tanks were installed, i probably would have seen the tanks crack first
> before the seams went, as is the case with the metal ones.
>
> So plastic vs. metal? No difference assuming you don't keep scraping
> your radiator on concrete.
>
> -Robert
> vin 6585 "X"
>
>
>
> --- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "bitsyncmater" <david.mckeen@...>  
> wrote:
>>
>> Do they really fail catostophically?
>> The side tanks blow apart?
>> All the cars I have owned since the 80s have had plastic tanks and I
>> only had one leak after an engine overheat.
>>
>>> Anyway by now anyone still driving on an origional plastic radiator
>>> should expect it to fail catostophically.
>>>> David Teitelbaum
>>> vin 10757


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