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Old 09-26-05, 12:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Radiator removal

I wanted to know how hard would it be to change my radiator my self and how to go about doing it.P.S. I have a 91 L sedan auto thanks.
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Radiator is fairly easy to do. On a scale of 1 - 10 (10 being hardest) its like a 4. Just make sure you have everything you need before you get started. You should probably change out your hoses and thermostat if they haven't been done for awhile just to be safe.

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Thanks for the info gonna get on it today.
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HiTek is right, while you are at it, the thermostat will be right behind the upper hose outlet, easy to get to once you have the hoses removed.
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Thanks a bunch i'm so glad that this board is up and running again.
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I just finished mine this morning, got it done in about 15 hours, no sweat!!!

(15 hours because I kept stopping and fixing all the other S#!T that is damaged from the previous front end collision(s) I don't know because I just got the car, but looks like at least two...)

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its not hard, but tedious.
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hey bud.. since you're going to do it.. can you take pictures and doc it as a DIY???.. my radiator cracked and planning on changing it soon..
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its not hard, but tedious.

Very correct. I felt like throwing mine through the car once I finally got it out. Removing the old Radiator is the hardest part, installation is breeze. Just be PATIENT and walk away for a while if you start to get mad, you'll make some mistakes and really mess things up.

Best of luck bro. Do a search, I know there is a thread somewhere here about "radiator removal" I used it when I did mine.
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I actually thought it was quite easy,(sorry I didn't take any pictures...)
1) remove plastic shield under the front of the engine.
2) drain the coolant..
3) loosen the tranny fluid hoses from the radiator and lay them in a tin can to drain..
4) un-clip the condensor fan motor plug (the one on the passenger side close the the aircleaner not the one close to the battery)
5) loosen the four bolts on the bottom of the two fan shrouds.
6) loosen the hose clamp on the lower radiator hose and remove the hose from the radiator.
7) come up the top and breath.....
8) remove the upper air cleaner housing, intake tube assy.
9) remove the upper and lower radiator hoses
10) remove the battery and battery tray (metal plate with four bolts, two of which are rusted solid and the other two are missing )
11) remove the four bolts from the top of the two fan shrouds
12) relocate the relay box out of the way
13) un-clip the remaining connector to the fan motor (that's relally fun since it takes two hands to do but you can only get one down there...)
14) very carefully pull the fan shroud closest to the battery out, working it around the radiator fill tube and being extremely careful not to damage the fins of the radiator...(What am I saying? the radiator's crap or we wouldn't be replacing it, rip the sob out there with complete disregard!!!! )
15) now that the hard parts over, stop have a beer and a smoke...
16) Back to work!!! remove the other fan shroud
17) remove the two bolts holding the radiator tabs to the radiator brace (the metal part that goes cross the front of the car right above the A/C condensor)
18) opull the radiator straight up being careful of the accelerator cable damaging the radiator (no, we've already been there, rip it out!!!)
19) reverse to install (except ignore the parts about just ripping the sob out!!)
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Thanks for all of your help it was very easy to do.Took me a little over an hour from start to finish.
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shizgriff: Yea, well you cheated, :p you didn't stop in the middle of the job and do other things......
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When i did my engine swap mine came out in about 30 mins. Didnt seem very hard.
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shizgriff: Yea, well you cheated, :p you didn't stop in the middle of the job and do other things......
Your right I drank my coronas while I changed it.
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