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  • Hello from a new old member!

    New old member? That's me. I registered on the forum three years ago when starting the Caterham Odessey, but have not been able to post until now. Doug Liedblad has fixed that. Thank you Doug.

    A container filled with a CSR roller, a Sadev SCL82-17, and a 420r spec Duratec 2L arrived late February 2019 to Rich Kamp's shop in Sonoma. Rich rented space and I fitted things together myself. After a long slog with a particular character at the California Bureau of Automotive Repair she was registered as an SPCNS.
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    I had a run up to the Lick Observatory on Mt Hamilton. I'd done the run many times on motorcycles. It's a great run in a Caterham.
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      Now, during the quarantine, I'm replacing a leaking radiator with a new warranty radiator. Also a 22% steering rack and some easy adjust upper ball joints.
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        Welcome!

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          Many fine roads in the Santa Cruz mountains. When things open up, I'll be down. Thanks John!

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            Patrick

            Where was the radiator leaking from?

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              The driver side (left) lower corner where the weld joins the core, but it's hard to be more accurate. It started out as a moist area collecting dirt and progressed to a steady drip over 8 months. Caterham sent a new radiator based on these pictures. I was using the standard OAT antifreeze as supplied by Caterham.
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              • #8
                I too had a radiator leak but mine was from where the coolant passages are connected to the upper and lower tanks. Not a big leak just seepage. Mine was after the warranty. I used some Bars Leak for aluminum radiators. Worked fine and has been doing so for over 10 years. I only used about 1/2 the bottle or less.

                I used to use a standard antifreeze but switched to Water Wetter when I started doing track days. The standard antifreeze is SLIPPERY if it leak on the track.

                Some OEMs use this from new as aluminum radiators are prone to this problem.
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                  Good to know about the Bar's Leak. That probably would have worked. I've heard from a source I trust that radiators are not uncommon Caterham warranty items. I spend a few nights in the mountains each year, so Engine Ice. Sonoma race track allows it, some don't. It's propylene glycol/water, 50/50 I think. It may be easier to wash off the track than ethylene glycol. For the track Water Wetter is the way to go.

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