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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-30-2018, 05:16 PM Thread Starter
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Question Radiator seal strip locations

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Can someone tell me where this 5th radiator rubber seal strip shown in the photos below goes? I have the other 4 in place and can't figure out where the 5th goes. It's a long one the same length as the top horizontal one. Doesn't look like it goes on the joint on the engine side of the U-holder for the radiator because there's no imprint in the rubber from the U-holder.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-31-2018, 09:07 AM
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Just to be clear, you do know the bottom of the rad should sit in that u-holder, with a u-shaped rubber pad?
At least a 1986 with standard fan assembly does.

I just changed the rad on my 1987 a month ago, and I only had one on each side and one along the top.
Mind you, who knows who's fiddled with what over the years and messed things up.

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On a Spider through S3, yes, U shaped piece in the saddle. Seal along the bottom in front of the saddle, and on each vertical side. Then there's a little screwed-on baffle in front of radiator which I think has a seal on the back edge. It closes the area between the support and the front top of the radiator.
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Just to be clear, you do know the bottom of the rad should sit in that u-holder, with a u-shaped rubber pad?
Thanks for mentioning that Mike. Yes, I purchased a new u-shaped rubber pad; the old one was pretty worn. I just haven't placed it in position yet.

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If memory serves me it does go in the joint to the engine side of the "U". It's beena few years but that is how I seem to remember it going on my '89 S3.

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Then there's a little screwed-on baffle in front of radiator which I think has a seal on the back edge. It closes the area between the support and the front top of the radiator.
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Thanks Andrew. When you say, "Then there's a little screwed-on baffle in front of radiator which I think has a seal on the back edge. It closes the area between the support and the front top of the radiator", are you referring to this black piece across the top that I already have a seal strip on?
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That's it, yes. Seems always to be black, so I guess it's processed separately from the body and just screwed on when the radiator is installed.
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If memory serves me it does go in the joint to the engine side of the "U". It's been a few years but that is how I seem to remember it going on my '89 S3.
Upon closer inspection, the joint to the engine side of the "U" has multiple rounded protrusions on it that would prevent the valley of the seal from settling down onto the joint, so I don't think that's where it goes. Notice in the photos that there's one of the protrusions right by the "U", and then another near the end. This is driving me crazy.
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