Just had work done.

Tiny
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I just had work done on my car and recived the estimate. I noticed it said radiator assy. I just wanted to know if this ment they replaced the radiator or no. Thank you very much for your time and help.
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Monday, December 21st, 2015 AT 6:09 PM

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Tiny
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YOU MEANT "BILL", NOT ESTIMATE! IT SOUNDS LIKE ANOTHER RADIATOR TO ME. YOU MIGHT VERIFY THAT BY LOOKING AT THE CONDITION/ DIRTY-NESS OF STICKERS ON THE RADIATOR AND WHETHER THERE IS DIRT CAKED IN THE RAISED PLASTIC PLACES ON THE RADIATOR. A NEW ONE MIGHT HAVE A HINT OF DUST ON IT. WHEN I WAS A KID, MY DAD AND I WOULD "MARK" THINGS JUST TO SEE IF THE MECHANIC ACTUALLY TOOK THEM OFF/ APART. LEMME KNOW WHAT YOU FOUND. THE MEDIC
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Monday, December 21st, 2015 AT 6:20 PM
Tiny
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Ok thank you will do.
I popped the radiator cap off and saw a milky foam like substance on the underside of the cap I am inclosing a pic. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
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Monday, December 21st, 2015 AT 6:23 PM
Tiny
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THAT WOULD BE WATER. YOUR MECHANIC DID NOT SEE THIS? IT MAY BE AS SERIOUS AS A HEAD GASKET ISSUE, IT MIGHT BE A SIMPLE AS A NON FUNCTIONING PCV VALVE OR A KINK OR STOPPAGE IN THE PCV SYSTEM. THE PCV (POSITIVE CRANKCASE VENTILATION) SUCKS OUT CORROSIVE COMBUSTION GASES THAT BUILD UP IN THE INTERIOR OF THE ENGINE. GENERALLY, A PCV PROBLEM IS JUST A LITTLE BIT OF WATER/ STEAM/ CRANKCASE COMBUSTION GASSES. A HEAD GASKET COULD BE A LITTLE TO A LOT. DO YOU SEE THE "SNOT" ON THE DIP STICK TOO? TO SEE THE ACTUAL AMOUNT OF WATER. DRAIN YOUR OIL AND POUR IT INTO A GLASS OR CLEAR PLASTIC JUG CAPABLE OF HOLDING THE OIL PAN CAPACITY. LET IT SIT A WHILE AND SEE WHAT SETTLES WHERE. WATER WILL BE AT THE BOTTOM. THE MEDIC
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Monday, December 21st, 2015 AT 6:46 PM
Tiny
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No oil is clean. I thought of the headgasket. Didnt think of the valve. Honestly it was just a shop we had to take the car to after being backed into by a semi trail a couple times. We got the car back and there were a couple of issues I noticed and corrected for example the brake fluid cap was almost compleatly off wasnt even screwed on after they did the break lines. Also had a new dent in it. Thats why I was asking wether they replaced the radiator or not. Could it be some kind of stop leak solution?
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Monday, December 21st, 2015 AT 6:52 PM
Tiny
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Its supposed to be a new radiator.
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Monday, December 21st, 2015 AT 6:53 PM
Tiny
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If there is a headgasket issue it happened while at the shop because there wasnt one before. Im pretty sure its not the head gasket though. My wife sent an email to the auto place asking specifically what they did to the radiator.
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Monday, December 21st, 2015 AT 6:56 PM
Tiny
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LOOKY FOR DIRTY ON DECALS, CROOKS AND CRANNYS, BOTTOM, NOT TO MENTION MAYBE CHUNKS OF LAST SUMMERS BUGS IN THE FINS- A NEW ONE SHOULD REALLY BE CLEAN. DOES NOT LOOK LIKE STOP LEAK TO ME! THE MEDIC
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Monday, December 21st, 2015 AT 7:01 PM
Tiny
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Ok thank you for your time I will investigate that in the daylight.
Thank you for you time, hopefully I can figure this out, we have a
Road trip in the next few days.
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Monday, December 21st, 2015 AT 7:06 PM
Tiny
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If possible could you explain where the valve would be
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Monday, December 21st, 2015 AT 7:09 PM
Tiny
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HOW 'BOUT AN ENGINE SIZE. SUBMODEL OR ANY OTHER INFO ON YOUR VEHICLE? (SHOULDA BOUGHT A JEEP CJ!) THE MEDIC
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Monday, December 21st, 2015 AT 7:15 PM
Tiny
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Ok just a sec.
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Monday, December 21st, 2015 AT 7:20 PM
Tiny
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2003 mazda protege lx 2l in-line4
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Monday, December 21st, 2015 AT 7:23 PM
Tiny
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1ST PIC IS FROM "PRODEMAND", 2ND FROM ADVANCE AUTO PARTS

YOUR INFO WAS HELPFUL, I GUESSED AT IT BEING AN AUTOMATIC TRANNY

BLOW THRU THE HOSE/ TAKE IT LOOSE, I HAVE STUCK THINGS LIKE A SPEEDOMETER CABLE INTO THE PORTS. I'VE ALSO HAD TO CHISEL HARD GRAY CARBON OUT OF HOLES/ PORTS. DON'T GET WILD AND BREAK SOMETHING! IT MAY JUST BE A DISCONNECTED, KINKED OR PINCHED HOSE. OR A BAD $3 PCV VALVE. THE MEDIC
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Monday, December 21st, 2015 AT 7:46 PM
Tiny
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Ok thank you very much for the help and info
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Monday, December 21st, 2015 AT 8:12 PM
Tiny
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NO PROBLEM! MERRY CHRISTMAS! YOU ARE ALLOWED TO COME BACK LATER (THIS THREAD) AND LET US KNOW HOW IT'S ALL WORKING OUT! THE MEDIC
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Monday, December 21st, 2015 AT 8:17 PM
Tiny
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Thank you merry Christmas too
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Monday, December 21st, 2015 AT 8:25 PM

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