I personally think you would be better leaving it to the professionals. They have the knowledge and the tools for the job. You may have problems bleeding or damage things using diy tools.
I got back from south Wales after Easter just in time.
Whilst reversing onto the drive, my good lady wife was sprayed with a fine mist of radiator fluid, I could see where is was coming from and it is a pin prick of a hole in the engine radiator.
I could maybe use something in the water to block the hole or fix it, but I would prefer to replace it to ensure I do not have further problems later on.
I am considering doing it myself on a 2004 Fiat Ducato 2.8JTD Eura Mobil.
Do you know if it is a standard 2.8JTD rad? If so, are there any problems I may encounter getting the old one out and the new one in?
I know there is an air conditioning radiator in front of it, would that need to be removed also?
The difference in price between getting an mechanic to do it and do it myself is approx £200, but if it is a mechanics job then so be it.
I am ok with tools, just not an engine mechanic.
Thank you for your useful answers, in anticipation... Dave
Easy enough to change the rad,need to remove a few bits and pieces in the way, but that is the norm with these jobs,I had to replace one on a Hymer in Portugal,and mine was behind a huge intercooler rad for the turbo I had help from a local man who sourced the rad for me,we did it in the street whilst wildcamping at Fusseta,and had about twelve wild campers of all nationalities giving advice but very little help really,but plenty of beer was drunk by all hee hee.I had to obtain a plug for an outlet in the new rad at fitting as my old rad did not have the same take off facility as the new one,easy enough to do however, no special tools were needed to do the take down and replacementv of the rad, just new jubille clips and anti freeze,I would not use rad seal as suggested as that is just a temporay fix,when my old rad was out of the van it was completely knackered and could be played like a violin,,have a look at U Tube I am sure you will find a video on there by someone doing a rad refit.
Been a mechanic all my working life and for peace of mind and not having a trip away spoiled donít use any radweld Kseal stuff itís only a get you home fix. If you value your vehicle get it done professionally but I dare say all the kerbside mechanics will be along to say do it yourself. Iíd rather pay £200 than be stuck at the side of the road with a cooked engine.
I remember the days when you just crack an egg in to the rad to cure a small leak-------------not sure if it really worked though
When life gives you lemons, add them to your gin & tonic
I would seriously listen to what Caledonia is saying.
The poster who did it himself in Portugal sounds like he knows his stuff.
And he received help from a knowledgeable local.
If you are like myself and lack knowledge of engines don’t DIY.
If we all agreed there would be no discussion, and it would be a dull boring world.
K seal will be 100% if only a small jet of flued,i have seen new units fitted only to leak within weeks of service,however if over 10 years then i would replace and make sure the sys is filled with the correct coolant and not pure water.
Im a self taught motor maniac and we dont have kirbstones here.
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