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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by WB69, Feb 16, 2019.

  1. WB69
    Joined: Dec 7, 2008
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    Had a retired mechanic tell me that he used to fix small or slow radiator leaks by putting mustard in them when hot and run it. I've heard of pepper and a few other things but never mustard. Anyone else hear of this and does it work?
     
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  2. 41hemi
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    An egg or 2 also works. Bars Leak works for small leaks.
     
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  3. alanp561
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    Cigarette tobacco
     
  4. 302GMC
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    Coffee grounds ...
     
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  5. VANDENPLAS
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    Are we fixing cars or making sandwiches?!?

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  6. Temporary fixes, none are long term. HRP

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  7. Jalopy Joker
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    take radiator to repair shop or buy a new one
     
  8. WB69
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    This is what I do myself, just was wondering about the mustard. It was the first time that I had heard of it.
     
  9. VANDENPLAS
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    Seen it once at a shop I worked at an old Chevy van came in overheating.
    Open the rad cap and this white goo cake out.
    On closer inspection it was rice!!
    Someone sabotaged this guys van by dumping a bag of uncle Ben in his rad!!
    The rice cooked and expanded and filled everything!!
    Rad out , heater core all hoses and popped every freeze plug we could access to flush out the block.
    What a bloody mess and an easy way to write off a car.
    Only saw it once. Don’t know who the owner pissed off but it was a good/bad way at revenge !
     
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  10. Truck64
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    How do you know it was Uncle Ben's, hm? Could have been Rice-a-Roni.
     
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  11. Gman0046
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    My Grandpa said back in the day They used Horse Shit for a radiator stop leak.
     
  12. My 36 had one leak up close to the top the prev owner stuck a foam earplug in it and ran it for months like that...YMMV
    Said earplug below:
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  13. Truck64
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    Earplugs?? Hadn't heard that.
     
  14. G-son
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    Well, they ARE meant to plug holes. :p

    I've soldered a number of leaking old brass radiators/heaters for friends, not the easiest thing to do but if you can get the metal clean and heat just the right spot it works pretty nice.
     
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  15. sawbuck
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    gotta be dry mustard .not the squeeze stuff o_O
     
  16. BJR
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    Mustard only works if you stuff the radiator full of hot dogs first.
     
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  17. Gman0046
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    Fix it right or not at all.
     
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  18. Don't understand why anyone would risk using these old wives tales remedies today when they could use a product that is researched and designed to fix the problem, if only for long enough to get it fixed properly.
     

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