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Front crossmember bent into radiator

In January I had a full service for my 147. My cousin (the mechanic) noticed that the front crossmember is bent into the radiator slightly, indicating that a previous owner has had a front end collision (looks like they've driven into a post or something) and have not replaced the radiator and crossmember. He advised me to keep checking the levels and not too worry if it doesn't seem to be getting too low. However I've had to top it up since then, (it goes from max to min after about 6 weeks).

So what course of action do you recommend? It's seems to be either live with it and keep topping up, buy a new radiator and crossmeber, buy a second-hand radiator and crossmember, or use something like Radweld or an epoxy resin. I've never had any experience with the latter two additives. I know that some people swear by the likes of them, others adamantly avoid them. Does anyone have any experience of them? Any recommendations?

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cross member from scrap yard and new rad
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+1 do the job right and say good-bye to any worries or the chance of breaking down and the hassle it could cause, I must admit that in the past I have done "just enuff" to fix my cars and its never worth it in the long run, I have also learnt that the "buy cheap buy twice" saying is worth its weight in gold!
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radiators do not last forever there are lots of threads where people have developed leaks, so buy new (Aluminium ones last longer than copper).
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It will depend on which cross-member is bent...if its just the bolt-on one that the radiator is mounted on, that's an easy and cheap fix....if its the main chassis crossmember, that's a welded-on part of the body structure, far from a quick and easy fix.

You really need to check where the water is being lost......can you park it on a clean dry surface and inspect for any evidence of leaks after its been standing for a while? It could be leaking from a hose connection,,,,,
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