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1998 suzuki sidekick sport 1.8 liter coolant pipe on top left side of engine leaking at the joint of fat steel pipe and small tube , where fat one goes go to the radiator and 3"? small one crosses the front of the engine.
So I have a delightful pin hole leak that is washing my clean rebuild even cleaner. What can I do about it? I can not find an adequate picture online that addresses the pipe just the hoses.


Another query related to searches here is , is there some way of asking a question on a subject in this channel of the forum and getting only answers directly connected to this forum . I have looked at answers to a query on 98 sport and up comes answers of others with dates and makes not related to my query at all.?
 

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Solder it maybe?
 

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Surely you have a cellphone with a camera and can take your own pictures.

You can either have someone weld or braze the pipe where it's leaking or replace it - if you're going to remove & replace, make sure you get the O-ring - be warned, if you're considering welding, bear in mind that the pipe may be corroding from the inside out, and there may not be enough material left to do a proper weld repair.

Regarding the search, you can select which of the forums you want to search if you're using the advanced search.
 

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That there #1 is the pipe in question and that little pipe coming out is the culprit . Is there a particular name to it?
So assuming the worst that the pipe is corroded on the inside and fragile is this part relatively easy to find as in multiple years same design? There are days I wish I still worked at one of my old companies where I had access to the MiG welder anytime.!
 

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Part numbers (and names) are on this diagram:

This is the parts catalog for your car:
 

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It was also used on the J20a engines (the 2.0 Trackers & Vitaras if you want to try a junkyard) - or try 17580-65D11 or 17580-65D0V - I'm 98% certain they'll fit - megazip.net has them.
 

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Assuming the worst case scenario would it be possible to lop off the end of the pipe ,install longer hose to rad, and put in a brass fitting screwed into the larger pipe ,with yet another longer small hose to make up the distance? For some odd reason we have a lot fewer junk yards now!
 

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Discussion Starter · #11 · (Edited)
just an update on trying to find said part number 1, Suzuki sport top pipe for rad/
Where I live in the sprawling metropolis of Vancouver there does not seem to be anyone who carries it.
 

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Well I went on Ebay and bought the oem from Puerto Ricco and it is now in my hands so now I am after the O ring but having not taken the old off the engine I do not know what size / thickness it is. Anyone know? Seems the parts store has O rings but the part number is Suzuki so size does not show?
 

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Seek and you shall find. If you are talking about the o-ring 09280-34005, then this should help. Post #9
 
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Thank you, I did seek just never found. I will go pull it off the 4x4 and replace with the new pipe and ring today.
 

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So 25 days later I have the pipe installed a whopping 10 minute re&re job . Now it works and there is no longer the sizzle of antifreeze on the exhaust manifold, So having this work I am wondering about heat. I have heat , I want more! When I take a corner with the heat on I get a surge of heat? I would like more but is there a limiting factor involved? When I got my brand new Subaru I ran into the same problem what is good enough for others is not what I want. I was told that the heat was limited due to melting the plastic parts near the heater core. So aside from thermostat working correctly what can one do for More?
 

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You should have great heat in the car, although outside leaks from the convertible, etc, can detract from that. If your engine is heating up properly, then issues like flushing the heater core (or replacing it), might be something to consider. When you say you get a surge of heat when turning a corner - is that a higher blast of temp, or of air current??
 

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A surge of heat turning a corner suggests low coolant or perhaps blend doors in the HVAC plenum shifting.
 

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just a nice surge of heat not more air flow is what I get. Fluid levels are correct but I just want more heat whereas a lot of people seem to feel the heat is adequate . Could it be the ole body is not putting out internal heat as it has done for the previous 60+ years and needs that external source to supplement? I had a peek at what is required for the plenum doors and there is a home treatment that is available if indeed that is the problem .http://www.heatertreater.net/ far cheaper than ripping the dash apart. As I am replacing my interior rotting carpet with artificial turf I am blocking the vents that provide minimal air flow to the back seat area. Probably not much difference but I like my feet to be cooking as i drive in the winter. Thanks for pointing out a possible cause.
 
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