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How to remove the radiator out of 2001 pontiac aztek

Not sure how to remove radiator, on the very top of radiator core frame are two brackets that appear to be connected to the engine, how do I remove the brackets so radiator can be removed.

Looks like each bracket has 4 bolts that need to be removed, also another bolt is part of the brackets that I think needs to be removed.

Any help with this is welcome

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    diazlmd69 Nov 27, 2008

    Well here's what I did to remove the radiator on a 2001 pontiac aztek: (possible the order of things may not be totally in the proper sequence below)

    Removed battery
    Removed cross beams on each side of engine. The cross beam on passenger side is required to remove the battery, the one on the other side is required to remove radiator. Note that the drivers side cross beam has the anti-freeze container attached to it.
    Removed upper/lower radiator hoses. Just need to remove one end of each hose.
    Removed transmission lines from radiator, be aware that these are the newer fast disconnect type with a spring washer that actually holds the transmission lines in place. Need to first remove the plastic washer type of thing that holds the spring washer in place. Note that the spring washer is wierd looking and hard to remove. I used a pick pencil tip type device to loosen the spring and a small long nose pliers to grab hold and remove.
    Removed the front engine torque (two) brackets. Note only need to remove the 4 bolts on each bracket, and on the one near the drivers side you also need to loosen the middle hindge bolt to get the bracket up around the hold disconnect cable.
    Removed the air cleaner hoses and container that has the air filter in it. Note that there are a couple of electrical connections that need to be disconnected on the air cleaner stuff.
    Removed brackets (two) that hold the radiator/condenser in place. Kinda hard to see these two things.
    Removed the fan shroud, a lot of fun. Note that there are two long bolts that go thru shroud/radiator/condenser on each end of radiator. Note1 that there are two other bolts that I was able to get to from under aztek, these are near the bottom of the radiator on each end. There is a shield at the bottom of the radiator that should also be removed to allow easy access to the above mentioned bolts.
    Note that the radiator/condenser are attached together by a small bolt & bracket that can be accessed via the bottom area of the radiator. This bracket actually holds the two a/c coolant lines to the radiator. There's yet another bolt down in this area that needs to be removed to separate the radiator from the condenser. Hope this makes sense, had much fun trying to separate the above mentioned items.
    Removed the radiator. Note that there is a clip type fitting on the backside of the radiator that the condenser attaches to.

    I'm sure that I'm probably missing something that I removed during the procedure,but hopefully this is enough to get the radiator out.


  • gary ham Oct 06, 2012

    That's awesome ! Thank you very much! Sounds like fun. and was hoping that it came off through the front bib like a chysler . This is a great deal of help though and I thank you very much for the tips.

  • Darito Nov 18, 2012

    I'm removing the radiator on my Aztek 2001 as well but I didn't understand how to remove the transmission lines from the radiator and then install them on the new rad. What do you mean by a pick pencil tip device? Where do you insert it? How do you remove the circular plastic caps on the first place? I'm afraid I don't want to break the lines. Thanks

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Ok, i'm gonna take a stab in the dark- i have never seen teh motor of an Aztek, but you should remove the fan shroud, remove the hoses- top and bottom- remove the screws from the brackets and it should pick strait up.

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