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Old 16th September 2020, 21:06   #1
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Angry How can a garage push this stuff ?????

Took the Micra to get some tyres bought online fitted (green flag tyres are very good).

Their fitter is my local Hi-Q motorist centre.

Surprised to find they were advertising and pushing Steel - Seal !!!!!!!!!

Amazed to find anyone in the trade pushing this snake oil stuff !!!!!
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Old 16th September 2020, 22:18   #2
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A local motor factors are displaying a large poster in their window for SteelSeal ...the permanent repair solution.

Never to be used in any car of mine, no siree !!
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Took the Micra to get some tyres bought online fitted (green flag tyres are very good).

Their fitter is my local Hi-Q motorist centre.

Surprised to find they were advertising and pushing Steel - Seal !!!!!!!!!

Amazed to find anyone in the trade pushing this snake oil stuff !!!!!


Are you an expert in the design of this particular product ?, Iíd be interested to hear what you think is so wrong with it
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Are you an expert in the design of this particular product ?, I’d be interested to hear what you think is so wrong with it
Then do you recommend it for customers cars instead of replacing the head gasket in cases of failing ?

Along with Radweld /Bars instead of replacing a leaky water pump/Radiator say ?
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Then do you recommend it for customers cars instead of replacing the head gasket in cases of failing ?

Along with Radweld /Bars instead of replacing a leaky water pump/Radiator say ?
Iíve used it twice, once on a 300k Miles Mercedes sprinter fruit and veg van, it was a stop gap attempt to allow the customer to keep trading, the van is now on 411k and still running well. 2nd time was on an elderly couples 2007 Ford Fiesta, they couldnít afford a head gasket repair so at £40 to keep them mobile, was a worthwhile gamble.

Itís not snake oil or automotive poison, the reason garages push it is because it can work.

So if itís a choice between £500 or£40 to save youíre beloved 75 and you donít have £500 I would suggest itís a 40 quid gamble worth taking
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From the little I understand about this particular product, it is the best option over k-seal or radweld as it is less likely to completely clog the cooling system.

K-seal / radweld is like tyre gunk imo. It may get you home if the initial damage is not too major, but once added the tyre / engine is most likely u/s afterward.
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We used this once years ago for cost reasons on a car that had a hgf a few weeks before.
Did the gasket and it weeped a bit a few months later on an edge waterway. Popped in half the reccomended amount of radweld and it stopped leaking .that motor did another 60-70 k without a prob before it was moved on.
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Also our current 1.8t got hgf a couple months after purchase on a 22k. MLS

All done with an elastomer Now.
But did find the water full of copper particuls, so probably radweld again.
We did replace the old radiator as well and just to see I pulled the rad to pieces to look at all the "clogging" this stuff does.

There was none.just the coppery particles again. So another old wives tale
And does take some flushing out tho
But doing the gasket is still the best option.

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Perhaps the folk that use these products simply treat there car as a mode of transport. I know I do.
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