The owner of this 2006 Peugeot 206 Sport was not the sort of person to spend extravagantly on his car. The radiator had begun to leak more than a year ago, as we pointed out when it came in for its MOT. He had decided that using an additive in the system would be a good alternative to replacing the radiator. We are not sure which additive he used, but it did last for a year.
When the car was in for its subsequent MOT, we once again pointed out evidence of coolant escaping from the radiator. We believe he again added a sealer to the radiator, but the next time we saw him the situation had developed. The radiator had completely rotted away and the only solution was going to be a replacement.
Before fitting the new radiator, we flushed out the cooling system to ensure everything was flowing freely. Once the unit was in place, we filled the system with fresh coolant and bled it out.
The radiator was rotten to the core and even the best additive wasn’t going to make it a serviceable unit.