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Lucky that it happened when your tire tread is already low. Time for 4 new tires!
 

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Lucky that it happened when your tire tread is already low. Time for 4 new tires!
Not at all. Tires have still 7 mm of tread and will replace only this particular tire. Tread difference to new tire is approxx 2-3 mm wich should be ok for the diff.🤓 For additional peace of mind I'll inflate the new tire with 1 or 2 psi less than the others.
 

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Not at all. Tires have still 7 mm of tread and will replace only this particular tire. Tread difference to new tire is approxx 2-3 mm wich should be ok for the diff.🤓 For additional peace of mind I'll inflate the new tire with 1 or 2 psi less than the others.
Must be the angle, that tire looks bad :/
 

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First I changed my serpentine belt (5 minutes)
Then I set about replacing the three large radiator hoses which had become swollen and squishy. While working the final hose onto the radiator, I discovered that the radiator is fatigued and quite brittle. The more I look at it, the more I think it may have been cracked before I started the hose swap. In the event that fitting is replaceable, please let me know where to get one so I don't have to buy a radiator.

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while I have read of rad. shops having tools to crimp new plastic tanks onto cores, I doubt it's a good way to proceed vs a new radiator. Have you priced them? Koyo, Denso from aftermarket should be fine.(RockAuto, Amazon, etc. AdvanceAuto used to have a nice coupon for first time buyers on-line.....)
I put a new rad in my WRX due to leaking at the tank/core seal and never looked back.
 

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First I changed my serpentine belt (5 minutes)
Then I set about replacing the three large radiator hoses which had become swollen and squishy. While working the final hose onto the radiator, I discovered that the radiator is fatigued and quite brittle. The more I look at it, the more I think it may have been cracked before I started the hose swap. In the event that fitting is replaceable, please let me know where to get one so I don't have to buy a radiator.

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What 1 lucky texan said. Even though you might be able to repair that part the rest is of the radiator is probably suspect too. Better off getting a replacement radiator.


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Changed out the brake hoses today, thanks to the tips on this thread. Used a length of wood between the front of the driver seat cushion & brake pedal to hold the pedal in a little - the electric seat adjustment was useful. Removed the stop light fuse and put a thin plastic glove under the brake fluid reservoir cap. I hadn't changed brake hoses before so was a little concerned not to drain the system but with these techniques we lost only the fluid in the removed sections then it was easy to bleed in the new fluid.
 

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while I have read of rad. shops having tools to crimp new plastic tanks onto cores, I doubt it's a good way to proceed vs a new radiator.
That wound up being my thought process. Already installed the new Denso from Amazon ($122). Just a couple more distilled water flushes to get out the chemical flush, then I can put in the coolant and conditioner I already got from the dealership.
 

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while I have read of rad. shops having tools to crimp new plastic tanks onto cores, I doubt it's a good way to proceed vs a new radiator. Have you priced them? Koyo, Denso from aftermarket should be fine.(RockAuto, Amazon, etc. AdvanceAuto used to have a nice coupon for first time buyers on-line.....)
Besides the integrity of the plastic-metal seal, a rebuild using the original core will be more flow constricted than a brand new one. For the price of a complete aftermarket assembly, it's really not worth it.
 
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