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<font size="2"> <!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:"MS 明朝"; mso-font-charset:78; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536870145 1791491579 18 0 131231 0;} @font-face {font-family:"MS 明朝"; mso-font-charset:78; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536870145 1791491579 18 0 131231 0;} @font-face {font-family:Georgia; panose-1:2 4 5 2 5 4 5 2 3 3; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:647 0 0 0 159 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-unhide:no; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-font-family:"MS 明朝"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast;} .MsoChpDefault {mso-style-type:export-only; mso-default-props:yes; mso-fareast-font-family:"MS 明朝";} @page WordSection1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.WordSection1 {page:WordSection1;} --> </font>Leaky radiator issue: Need a repair recommendation or suggestions for a “leaky” OEM radiator. My car is a 1998 S70 with 130k miles which I’ve owned for 10+ years. The engine, mechanical areas and body are all in great shape. Maintenance is up-to-date and I just installed a set of good quality tires with a new higher-capacity Interstate battery. (The car has always been garaged and located in the San Francisco area and it has no history of accidents.) But my long-time Volvo repair shop has a new owner who now tells me my “leaky radiator” must be replaced for $1000. (My gut tells me to get a second opinion.) The car is used for low-speed short trips and local transportation only. It’s economic life and market value is such that it’s not worth making any unnecessary long-term maintenance investments. So it’s currently using up a $12 gallon of 50:50 coolant every 2 to 4 weeks while I figure what to do. Checking over the radiator from underneath I find that the “pet cock” is OK and that area is dry. The passenger side of the radiator shows a leak from some hidden area --- perhaps mid-way up the radiator. There was nothing abnormal noted with an inspection of the radiator area from above when I lift the hood. The engine is not overheating. Here’s the question: In this area of new high-tech adhesives isn’t there likely to be a cost-effective “patch” from the outside? If the patch fails to stop the leak then I will consider investing in a replacement radiator with new hoses, belt(s), thermostat and water pump. Please give me your ideas.
 
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