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Please help! Sprung a leak!

Please help,

I was pulling into my driveway, coming home from work, and noticed a funny smell. Peaking my head underneath the car, and it was leaking in two spots...

It seemed like it was leaking from the left and right bottom corners of the radiator. Is there a transmission line running along somewhere that I can't see?

The area where it's leaking in the first picture, looks like it coming from somewhere possibly tucked inside metal beam?

In the second picture, I know it's not leaking from the black line, but more so from the beam similar to the first picture.

Both spots were leaking pretty good until I parked the car, and shut it off.

I popped the hood, and couldn't see anything.

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After you check the hoses the most common places to leak by far are the plastic end caps of the radiator. The water pump is number two.

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I ended up taking my car to my local mechanic, and they hooked a pressure gauge to the radiator. After adding pressure, the radiator immediately started leaking. It was leaking from the plastic mounting tabs near the top of the radiator, if I'm saying this correctly?

I was hoping it it was just a loose line, or a busted hose. They explained that it's not possible to just replace the plastic mounting tabs, but that the entire radiator will need to be replaced.

There you have it, a leaky radiator.

Solution: Replace radiator.

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It is fairly easy to replace and you can buy them online for $200 if you don't want an all aluminum one.

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It is fairly easy to replace and you can buy them online for $200 if you don't want an all aluminum one.
Unfortunately, the repair shops around my area aren't very friendly with parts being purchased by the owner, and then having the shop do the installation. (Which is what I would have preferred to have done).

I had the work completed today, along with a few other things that needed replacing.

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Too bad. My point was it is a very easy DIY job you could do in a parking lot. I'll bet you paid in excess of $500

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