I have been doing so many repairs to so many cars lately... My
wife, both sons, one son's girlfriend, etc... Starters, radiators, Ignition control unit, 2 high pressure power steering lines, a starter, motor mounts, brakes...it was piling up on me.
Through it all, my
Infiniti continued on with its uber-reliability. Then I bragged about it.... the kiss of death. A few days later, there it was. A green puddle under my
EX. Could it be just a hose? Could I finally catch a break?
I took off the plastic tray under the engine (tons of bolts!), couldn't find the source of the leak.
Took off the plastic cover in front of the radiator
(clips and bolts, wire clips and hood cable clips)- nothing cracked or leaking from the front of the radiator
. Finally saw it spitting where the plastic tank is crimped on the aluminum core, at the engine side. Must be a bad seal.
I researched several different stop leaks. The general consensus there was if you care about your car and plan on keeping it, don't use stop leak... So I thought to myself, I think I will let the dealer do this one....till I called and got the price. $1175.00 WTF? Seriously?
So I called some aftermarket radiator
places and got a new one for $212.00 and took her home.
Got the bucket out and opened the drain hole. Removed the two hoses and two transmission fluid lines.... removed the horn and the hood brace. The condenser is actually attached to the radiator
. OK - just unclip the wire and move it out with the radiator
right? WRONG. There is NO ROOM...
Go to our EX35 forum and download some manuals.
WTF x2! I need to have the a/c professionally evacuated so I can remove the lines from the condenser???.. But I already removed the hoses ! My
car is not able to drive..... so let me think about this... I removed some clips and bolts that hold both the tubes that are connected to the condenser but I am still about 1/2 inch too tight... SO again I think to myself, what if I just loosen this bolt here that connects the tubes to the condenser so I can wiggle it a little more.
BOOM - that sucker is under some high frickin pressure. Less than 1/4 turn and the pressure tube popped off the port in the condenser and my
Freon stuff filled and billowed out of my
garage like smoke from a fire for about 5-10 minutes and hissed even longer. Not sure how much of that crap I inhaled!
well - now I could remove the condenser and the radiator
, got the puppy all put back together and drove it to an AC shop for a full evac / refill. Got the nice guy price of $75 and it included a free wash!
No more leaking. Ice cold air. All is good.
Back to reliability, please!