2004 GU 4.2 Radiator

Submitted: Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010 at 17:33
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For all you 4.2 Nissan experts I have had a problem with the plastic shroud rubbing through the radiator core during a recent desert trip.
Managed to repair with "U-NEADIT" but now have to replace either the core or the total radiator.
To date I have been offered a recore using copper but am not sure if this will be as strong &/or as good as an alloy core.
I have priced an all alloy radiator from PWR in QLD but am being told by the so called radiator experts that this is not a good idea as if you have a leaking electrical accessory it can cause corrosion problems.
I have been told by several people in the know not to purchase a radiator manufactured in China as they are breaking up on Aus roads.
And to top it off a genuine Nissan replacement appears to be rather over priced
So I am open to any suggestions that you good people may have
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Reply By: Old Johno [NSW] - Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010 at 17:36

Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010 at 17:36
Oh and I forgot to mention I am looking for good reliable radiator repair shops in sydney
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Reply By: Robin Miller - Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010 at 17:49

Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010 at 17:49
Go with aftermarket alloy Johno , after 250,000 I replaced mine cause it was wearing out , I'm sure it was made in same factory as nissan and was 1/2 price around $450 I think, and I didn't have to wait 4 weeks for delivery !.

Its ture that if you have a faulty electrical installation that an alloy will corrode faster - but if you have a flat tyre the car won't go either - so of course system should be checked for stray electrical current as part of a proper installation.
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Follow Up By: Old Johno [NSW] - Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010 at 20:05

Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010 at 20:05
Robin, Can you tell me where you bought it from & where it was manufactured
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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010 at 20:37

Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010 at 20:37
Eastern Radiator Service Bayswater Melbourne Vic 03 9720-3353

Can't see where manufactured at moment - but it was same asian place as genuine Nissan I took out - phone the guys they will tell you more - I got there discount price , but this may give you a baseline to work with.
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Reply By: wjh41 - Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010 at 19:19

Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010 at 19:19
Johno I am very curious to know where the shroud rubbed through the radiater.The model before the intercooled Patrol had 2 plastic knobs that leant on the core and eventually they wore through,at the time this was meant to be a recall.I was hoping this was cured as my ute is an 04 intercooled and the last thing I want is a leaking radiater in middle of nowhere.We can only hope.

see ya Wally
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Follow Up By: Old Johno [NSW] - Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010 at 20:01

Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010 at 20:01
wjh41 It was the horizontal support at the bottom of the fan shroud. It is where the bottom removable section clips to help support it. There is a open section approx 20mm x 25mm rectangular in shape in the middle near the bottom shroud clip and it was this section that rubbed through approx 8 tubes.
If you need more info I will try to draw the set up as it is
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Reply By: Member - John - Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010 at 19:33

Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010 at 19:33
Johno, have a look in the trader section, I have a very good used one there that may help you out till you decide which way to go......... John
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Reply By: gbc - Wednesday, Jul 28, 2010 at 17:13

Wednesday, Jul 28, 2010 at 17:13
Google 'aussie desert coolers'.

It's a standard mod in the competition scene - they are about $750 but well worth it.
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