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Caterpillar 3208 Solutions This sub-forum is hosted by Mike Hohnstein who has been at this kind of thing for 50+ years now, guess I'm addicted. The saga has been all about progressively larger shop space since then. Honestly, never wanted to get into the CAT 3208's that were originally considered to be a throwaway engine but that's all that works in a FC in my world. Same thing with my Ford toter, that came with a NA, too much effort to hang in a 6, so been at it with the CAT V-8 for 20 years now. In reality you can get excellent life out of a CAT 3208 if it's built correctly. Post your questions about the CAT 3208 engines here and Mike will try to help you out.

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I had something similar and it turned out to be a small leak at the hose clamps on the silicone hose located at the filler neck, it is the the one that connects the filler neck to the expansion tank it is about 4 inches long. In my case it only leaked when the coolant got hot and built up preasure. To view this hose you need to have the rear engine bay open and up look just at about eye level. Also their is a site glass for coolant level just below this hose on the coolant tank.
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Photos where mine leaked.
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Ok, I did some more research and this one might hurt a bit- but not enough to bug me that much.

Side story, my daily driver is a Land Rover Discovery, so I am VERY well versed in cooling system issues.

Anyway, back on track, I’ll check the spots mentioned. Is the tank the large horizontal cylinder just above the radiator? I looked all over for a sight glass of some sort and had no luck.

I’m still looking for a source where I can get a new radiator. Or should I just find a local shop to re-core?
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Photos where mine leaked.
Ah you posted this while I was typing. HUGE help! Thanks! This helps me understand the layout better.
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Yes, that is the tank and the sight glass should be on the LEFT side, you can see it in my photo just below the Right arrow.
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While you have the radiator open or out you may want to change your belts and hoses.
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There is also a site glass you can see when the back cowl is up. It should be green and full of antifreeze.
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Now it makes sense. Thanks once again.

I was going to have the radiator swung out at some point soon anyway as I want to fix the cab AC and I have a power steering belt that whines from time to time, so I’ll be in there.

Now I know what I’m looking for.

Last part will be the radiator itself. I’m thinking I’ll want to replace it in the next year, so I need to find where I can get that done.
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What Mike said, time to pull that radiator and take it to the shop, it's not long for this world
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RADIATOR SUPPLY HOUSE. Check them on line. I am lucky to be 150 miles from them but they rebuild and ship world wide and do it fairly quickly..They rebuilt mine from 3 rows to 4 rows of fins for under $800. I have seen prices up to $1800 here at WOG for a stock rebuild.
I am sure there are others but my CAC and radiator rebuilds are awesome and I am a happy camper.
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