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Noticed a couple drips of coolant on the driver's side splash shield today; looked up and down and best I can tell it's coming from where the plastic tank joins the core.

Reading on here, that seems to be a pretty common problem.

My solution will be to replace the radiator with a new one- do it once, do it right.

However...I don't have time to do that repair for about a week and a half, and I will be driving somewhere between 1000-1500 miles in that week.

I know there's no guarantees in life, but is that leak prone to turning into a blown radiator that renders the car undrivable in a big hurry, or will I probably be OK if I just keep an eye on the coolant level and carry coolant in the trunk.

Thanks!

EDIT: Whoops- forgot vehicle info. 1998 Escort SE, 80k miles. Just got it; not sure of maintenance history, so I'm assuming nothing's been done.
 

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Probably is split open at the seam. If it's just a drip drip situation just keep the coolant topped off and you'll be fine till you replace it. But don't try and use the a/c as it will pressurize the system even more and turn your small leak into a major one.
 

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It will be OK I used mine like that for 2 years and only had to add coolant like 5 times when the coolant reservoir light came on.
I did replace it last December. but never blew.
 

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The construction of our radiators seems to be a bit... stupid. Mine also has a slight drip...drip.. to it and makes a small puddle if left in one spot for too long.
 

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500 miles today and no problems.

If I did mostly local driving, I'd be tempted to just leave it with what I've heard...seems a lot of people make it for years with drips like this.

But- I'm the sort of guy who will add 200 miles of driving to a necessary 300 mile trip just to meet a buddy for lunch (as I did today), so I think I should probably just bite the bullet and put a rad in it before it becomes an issue.

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It is already an issue a leak is a door to low cooling system pressure, any ways they are cheap now for our cars.
 
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