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2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V General Discussion Discussion, New Radiator - what else to change out with it? in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2004 - 2007; Originally Posted by HAMSTAR On my original OEM radiator, the place where the top hose and bottom hose connected were ...
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    Re: New Radiator - what else to change out with it?

    Quote Originally Posted by HAMSTAR View Post
    On my original OEM radiator, the place where the top hose and bottom hose connected were both plastic.

    The only way to ever really get evidence is to compare the failure rate between those with and without bad mounts.
    Well if the point of connection is plastic, your original point is likely valid.

    ( I pulled mine and replaced it with an aluminum unit before it leaked based on the reported seam leaks of others - I just don't recall it being plastic, but I could be wrong.)

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    Re: New Radiator - what else to change out with it?

    Quote Originally Posted by darkman View Post
    Well if the point of connection is plastic, your original point is likely valid.

    ( I pulled mine and replaced it with an aluminum unit before it leaked based on the reported seam leaks of others - I just don't recall it being plastic, but I could be wrong.)
    The replacement OEM unit also had plastic hose connectors (sorry, don't know the technical term).

    I wish I'd gone with an alradco. Every time I take my rad out (way too often with this car), I'm praying I don't break it.

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    Re: New Radiator - what else to change out with it?

    Thanks for the order, Jason. Your radiator shipped today.

    I'll post a thread with the current Memorial Day sale we're running.

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    Re: New Radiator - what else to change out with it?

    FYI- 3 days left. Sale ends this weekend.

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    Re: New Radiator - what else to change out with it?

    Quote Originally Posted by alradco View Post
    FYI- 3 days left. Sale ends this weekend.
    How much?

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    Finally got my Alradco radiator installed on Wednesday. Thanks again.

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    Re: New Radiator - what else to change out with it?

    I zipped down to Pembina this morning and picked mine up, and got home in time to rip the old one out this afternoon. It's a delight to deal with companies like Alradco and I'm really glad they are helping us with this car in great ways. I ordered on a weekend and my order shipped on Monday and delivered Friday.

    I spent some time this evening to install the new rad - it's a little bigger, but the space left in the car is the same size, and now I'm fighting fitment issues. It's not clearing the AC unit on the passenger side where the rad standoff T (for our forked base on the fan assembly) is knocking against the compressor before I get the base of the rad far enough to the rear of the car to get the footing into the slot. So it's pretty but at the moment it's not fitting right.

    Not looking for customer service via the forums (I've sent them email and will wait to hear back in a business day or two), but if you've got an Alradco in your 05 V and had clearance issues with the AC unit, how the heck did you resolve?

    rad clearance.jpg

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    Re: New Radiator - what else to change out with it?

    Ooops, my mistake, that's ABS system that the standoff is hitting, not an AC unit, long day got things mixed up there hahaha. I'm wondering if my clearance issue has anything to do with the fact that my front end has been off the floor on jackstands for 2 weeks.

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    Re: New Radiator - what else to change out with it?

    I too had trouble getting my Alradco radiator lined up with the ABS in the way. It seemed as if the radiator didn't have enough clearance to get the radiator foot in its hole. I found that if you put the rubber bushing in the hole and then try to slide the radiator peg into the rubber, everything lines up with a little more ease. It was still difficult to align, but after at least a good hour of failure, the radiator finally slipped into place and had plenty of clearance.

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