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Raideriator Patching

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I had what looked like 4 pinhole leaks in the top tank of my rad. According to my mechanic, all I needed to fix that is a propane torch, flux, and acid core solder. I spent a lot of time wrangling a funnel into place under the radiator drain so I could lower the coolant level. I had a section of old hose on the funnel to drain into a bucket, since I didn’t want to remove the skid plates.

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Then I learned that the drain is actually a hose, not where I had the funnel under the plug I was unscrewing. So I ditched the funnel, and the hose fit around the drain hose, and into the bucket around the other end

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For such a small engine there sure isn’t always a ton of room to work.

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After I wire brushed and sanded where the leaks are, I couldn’t find them. Perfect. Also, this torch is garbage, and goes out once it’s anywhere near horizontal. So heating the spots was a huge pain in the ass, but I eventually got some solder where I think the leaks are...

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I hope I was successful, but if I wasn’t, I’m gonna need a better torch to do this successfully.

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