2012 Chevrolet Malibu Radiator Issues

Tiny
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  • 2012 CHEVROLET MALIBU
  • 2.4L
  • 4 CYL
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 56,000 MILES
This car has only 56k miles on it. We purchased it as a Salvage vehicle. The original Radiator had to be replaced about six months ago. The replacement (2nd) radiator lasted about one week and started leaking. So the parts dealer sent a replacement radiator (3rd). Now it has sprung a leak as well. So now it needs a (4th) Radiator. What the heck do you think is going on here? Just a string of real bad luck? Or, is something else in the car causing these radiators to fail?
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Sunday, December 28th, 2014 AT 4:34 AM

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Tiny
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DO U HEAR ANY BANGING NOISE COMING THE RADIATOR? U WILL NEED TO DO A COMPRESSION LEAK DOWN TEST. TO SEE IF COMPRESSION IS LEAKING INTO COOLANT SYS. U MAY WANT TO BUY A HYDOCARBONS TEST KIT. IT SNIFFS THE COOLANT AND TELL U WEATHER U HAVE A LEAK OR NOT
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Sunday, December 28th, 2014 AT 6:35 AM
Tiny
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No, I don't hear any banging noise.
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Sunday, December 28th, 2014 AT 1:41 PM
Tiny
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JUST BUY A BETTER QUALITY PART U WILL BE FINE.
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Sunday, December 28th, 2014 AT 2:20 PM
Tiny
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Normally my mechanic does buy high quality parts. This radiator included a transmission cooler with a cost of $194.
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Sunday, December 28th, 2014 AT 4:11 PM
Tiny
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That should be fine. I think you were having just bad luck. Thank god for warrantys !
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Sunday, December 28th, 2014 AT 5:03 PM
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Does it do any damage in the long run if a non recommended Coolant-Antifreeze is used in the Radiator? The manual seems to specify one kind of coolant made for GM cars.
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Tuesday, December 30th, 2014 AT 4:50 AM
Tiny
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NO ANYTHING IS FINE. IF U LIVE IN A WARM CLIMATE THAN IT IS 50//50 COOLANT AND WATER
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Tuesday, December 30th, 2014 AT 5:27 AM
Tiny
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Well, a new radiator has been installed for the third time in six months now. I notice after the car runs for a short distance that the temperature gauge needle moves up to the halfway point. I don't notice any leakage, or hissing noise and coolant level seems to be okay. What do you think is going on now?
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Tuesday, January 6th, 2015 AT 3:41 AM
Tiny
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THIS IS NORMAL OPERATION AS LONG AS IT DOES NOT GO OVER 3/4 AT ANY TIME. GOOD LUCK I'LL BE HERE IF U NEEDED.
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Tuesday, January 6th, 2015 AT 5:05 AM
Tiny
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Yesterday she said the gauge went past the 3/4 mark close to the red. I told her to turn the car off wait five minutes then go back down the road. She said it then stayed around the 1/2 mark. Maybe the Temp Gauge is acting up? I popped the hood when she got home. I did not hear or see anything unusual. The coolant level in the tank was below the Cold level mark however.
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Thursday, January 8th, 2015 AT 4:10 AM
Tiny
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LEAVE THE A/C OFF AND MAKE SURE THE FANS ARE WORKING. START THE CAR AND WATCH THE GAUGE WHEN IT'S OVER HALF WAY THE FANS SHOULD BE TURNING ON SOON.
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Thursday, January 8th, 2015 AT 6:26 AM
Tiny
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Pretty certain the Fans are working. When she pulled the car up to the house and turned the car off I could hear the Fans still circulating. But I will double check this afternoon. When I took my car to the shop yesterday I told the mechanic about my wifes radiator issue. He said that GM cars were known for instrument cluster problems. Have you heard that? I also will ask the guy that put the radiator in the last three times if he put a new thermostat in as well.
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Thursday, January 8th, 2015 AT 10:25 AM
Tiny
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THEIR CLUSTERS HAVE THEIR PROBLEMS. BUT IN THIS CASE I THINK THE COOLANT TEMP. SENSOR CONTROLS THE GAUGE AND THE FAN RELAY FOR FAN OPER.
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Thursday, January 8th, 2015 AT 10:52 AM

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