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Old 04-21-2009, 06:04 PM
Location: Eastern Washington
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If money is tight, the junkyard is your friend. I'm assuming that this is a pretty easy R&R, most radiators are, one of the few repairs that is usually easier on newer cars.

Think about changing the upper radiator hose as well, and if you have not done it, change out the coolant with whatever your vintage Saturn uses, mixed with distilled water. If money is tight, consider the new upper radiator hose and new coolant to be cheap insurance.

If you don't have one and are going to DIY, try to get your hands on a Chilton or Haynes manual covering your car.

As a temporary measure, Permatex does offer a specific epoxy that can be used to patch over cracks in the plastic tanks, it works, well, kinda OK, clean the area and roughen it really good, but if you go this route, plan on a replacement radiator before summer...
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