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post #41 of 51 (permalink) Old 06-15-2011, 12:25 PM
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Thanks for the comforting words. Since my radiator is new and coolant is fresh I'm going to bleed the system just to make sure.
Still not sure what I'm going to do in winter. I just might do what people did with old cars: put a rubber mat in front of the radiator. Let's see what winter brings. For now: I can push hard without worrying my engine will overheat. Autobahn rules! (For people who do not know: German autobahn largely has no speedlimit).
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Thanks for the comforting words. Since my radiator is new and coolant is fresh I'm going to bleed the system just to make sure.
Still not sure what I'm going to do in winter. I just might do what people did with old cars: put a rubber mat in front of the radiator. Let's see what winter brings. For now: I can push hard without worrying my engine will overheat. Autobahn rules! (For people who do not know: German autobahn largely has no speedlimit).
Don't block off the radiator. Trust the thermostat.
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I posted under the Exige and the Coolant threads (see BLEW A GASKET). I haven't sent the car out to be fixed yet but it looks like the radiator and the oil cooler have both blown. The car only has about 6K on it. I know that this is likley going to cost me 4K or more to fix. The warranty expired just before I bought it. I intend to bring it to the attention of Lotus USA to see if they will compensate for some of the $$$$. Might fair better if everyone else that had the same problem do likewise.
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Another failure - this time an '08 Elise SC at 15K miles. I would describe this as a "catastrophic failure" as it looked like something exploded up front and covered the drivers side of the windshield in coolant. Luckily, I was less than 1/4 mile from my house and coasted in.

Sorry - hard to see the split, but it's just above the "wet" area along the middle of the flat part.



I had this pop on Wed afternoon while accelerating in normal traffic, towed to the dealer on Thurs morning and got it back on Friday afternoon in time for a track day. Repair was covered under warranty. I was also glad to have towing coverage with my insurance.

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are they still using plastic ends or is this aluminum ends radiator?
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are they still using plastic ends or is this aluminum ends radiator?
Plastic on my '08 and the replacement OEM part was plastic.

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Sure there was no air in the system? 4 years sounds like on the short side of normal life span. The normal radiators are very sensitive to air so make sure there is no air is in your cooling system.
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Sure there was no air in the system? 4 years sounds like on the short side of normal life span. The normal radiators are very sensitive to air so make sure there is no air is in your cooling system.
I actually took delivery of a new '08 at the beginning of '10 -- so in my case little over 2 years and 15K miles. So even worse...

VinZ - how would I know if there was air in the system? When I asked the service writer, he said they "pressure" bled the system during this repair. I don't think there is any access point at the radiator to "bleed" any air trapped in the top - I think that would mean taking off the clam. If there is a way - please let me know.

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I actually took delivery of a new '08 at the beginning of '10 -- so in my case little over 2 years and 15K miles. So even worse...

VinZ - how would I know if there was air in the system? When I asked the service writer, he said they "pressure" bled the system during this repair. I don't think there is any access point at the radiator to "bleed" any air trapped in the top - I think that would mean taking off the clam. If there is a way - please let me know.
If you're referring to the front radiator bleed screw, you can just take the right hand side (passenger) wheel liner out and access the bleed screw there. its a very easy 30 min job.
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Now I'm waiting for my radiator to fail in 10, ...9, ...8, ...

If I die, my biggest fear is that my wife sells all my toys for the price I told her I bought them for...
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don't worry to much Mr.C
I have seen plenty of radiators last 10 years or more.

There is a bleed valve where Scottycali4nia said (mine is actually on the drivers side but it has Rover K engine that isn't sold in the US).
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