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Towbars, Hitches and Braking Systems for your Toads, etc. Questions, concerns, or suggestions regarding what equipment to use to tow your Toad with are discussed here.

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Old 09-13-2009
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Default Toad Problems - Jeep grand cherokee

On this trip the BB has been pretty trouble free, but the Jeep toad has been a real PITA.
While we were in Portland, OR the window regulator broke, then the rear end pinion bearing went bad. Both repaired at the local jeep dealer, but took a day or 2 to get fixed.

Now we're in West Yellowstone, MT and the radiator is intermittently pissing coolant out the front. Got a good stream too, about 3 feet!
I suspect its from a rock or something that hit the radiator where its unprotected just above the front skid plate.
Dosnt happen all the time, but yesterday we where driving up to the Park and while going through a Moose Jam someone stopped me and pointed out the leak...
I put a couple of bottles of water in the overflow tank and went back to the bus. Got some antifreeze and put that in... No leak though!

Went on a drive to get it up to temp but couldnt get it to leak...

I can _probably_ get a new radiator in a few days, but was thinking of just throwing in some stop leak till I get home.

Whats the consensus on using stop leak?

Will it screw up the rest of the cooling system or just plug the leak.
Any recommendations on which to use?

Toad is a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee, 4.7 HO V8 engine.

Thanks, Joe & Pat
West Yellowstone, MT remote
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Call Bill Brimmer Sr.
http://www.everide.com
He is a bird owner
Great service Reasonable prices
had my new rad in 3 days
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Joe,

Try the stop leak. I like the brownish liquid with the pellets. It seems to work the best and won't hurt anything. If you truly have that size a leak, you've lost a bunch of coolant. It will take a fair bit to fill it. You can get the stop leak everyplace, including malwart.
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2nd. the recommendation for a stop leak product. I used the brown stuff with the dark nuggets...comes in a yellow and brown small glass container. Worked on my slow rad leak in my 95 P/U truck. Still going with no leaks after 3 years.

Follow directions exactly.

FYI: After a few months, I did drain my rad. fluid out, flushed with water only, and refilled with fresh water and antifreeze.
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Thanks John,

I'll try that, should be able to get some tomorrow at NAPA.

It really didnt loose that much, I put back in maybe 1/2 gal or so, and that filled up the overflow. Also made sure the radiator was full.

The stream was not a thick one, just had good pressure...

Stephen, thanks for the everide link. Im really trying to avoid the 3 day wait.

I might go to a local repair shop and have it pressure tested if I cant see the leak again.
We're off to Yellowstone to try it again!


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Take the radiator cap off, start your engine and get it warm (thermostat open), have the coolant level down some. Shake the bottle of stop leak up well and dump it all in. Use some extra coolant to rinse the remains of stop leak bottle into the radiator. Top off the radiator, put the cap on, fill the overflow bottle and go for a 20 minute drive. Stop and check your coolant level in the overflow bottle. It should now be good to go!
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Call Bill Brimmer Sr.
http://www.everide.com

I guess that is the Canadian spelling EH
Bill Brinner here is a link to his profile racin41bb
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So I loaded up with a couple gallons of antifreeze in the back seat and went up to Old Faithful today, drove about 80 mi or so. Didnt seem to loose any coolent, but did notice some dampness at the bottom of the radiator.

Im going to NAPA tomorrow and pick up some of the stop leak, put it in and go for a drive...

Other than 'brown stuff with nuggets' do you have a name?

Thanks for your help!!

/Joe & Pat
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Is this it?
http://www.barsproducts.com/PLT11.htm

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