Re: how to remove radiator from model fitted with air con
You have to remove the bumper and remove the radiator from the front, first time I did it it took me many hours but with practice, I replaced mine thrice and might have to again, it goes quickly. Is your car an auto because there is a auto trans cooler that you have to disconnect.
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first do this when engine is cold, i know its obvious but its always good practice when giving advice to be thorough,then remove the rad cap, there will be a drain tap/plug at bottom of rad undo a let coolant drain out, the rad is usually held in place by 4 bolts 2 each side loosen these off then remove top and bottom hosesfrom rad, and depending on fitting type lift rad straight up , if does'nt lift up remove the bolts and lift rad away.install is a reverse top up with COOLANT not plain water run engine once refilled and look for bleed screw(s) on the hoses/engine body to let air out ,if has an electric fan ie turns on and off not running all the time wait for the fan the cut in an turn off engine allow to cool for at least an hour and slowly remove filler cap to check coolant level top up if required repeat until no more coolant needs to be added .Good luck
it could be a slight leak from the heater matrix (check for damp in the passanger foot well) its self or the thermostat may be sticking this may cause the bottom hose to stay cold. you could try removing the thermostat and running it without it and then putting a rad weld in the coolant system to seal the matrix.
The drain plug is generally near the left hand side of the car. If you can't find it, you could always remove the lower radiator hose. It will send a lot of coolant out in a hurry, but you'd still be able to flush it safely that way. I hope this helps
Wait until motor is cool. remove rad cap and loosen rad drain pet **** under rad. If you can't loosen it or cant find it, remove lower rad hose. let all antifreeze drain. Close pet **** or replace rad hose. Fill with water and rad flush(you can get the flush from an auto supply store or wallmart). Run for the recommended time on rad flush bottle. Wait for motor to cool. Then drain out water. Refill with 50% prestone and distiled water.
remove top radiater hose and fill radiater with coolant ,then refit hose and fill system with water then start engine and leave and leave rad cap off until fan cuts in then refit rad cap this should solve your problem.
When cooled down & pressure relieved, Drain rad down below if not already below that fitting, and remove it and have a look. It may be a simple as cleaning rad inlet & inside of hose and attaching new clamp & tightening. if hose very spongy feel (weak) replace it now, and save trouble down the road.top up rad & return bottle as necessary.
its generally quite easy
1. disconnect the cable from the negative side of the battery.
2. drain the coolant from the rad using the plastic draincock at the bottom left or right of the rad. If it is less than 1-2 years old save and reuse it.
3.remove any parts that may be in the way of removing the rad and fan.
4.disconnect the coolant resorvoir hose at the rad cap and remove reorvoir if it is the way of removal.
5. disconnect the connector on the fan.
6. remove the screws that hold the rad to the top crossmember of the car.
7.if your car has a block heater remove the wire or reposition it
8.remove the plastic crossmember from the top of the rad if so equipped.
9.at this point you may have to remove or reposition the air cleaner assembly.
10.disconnect the two or four metal transmission cooler lines found on the left and/or right sidewalls of the rad. Plug the metal lines with plastic plugs available at any hydraulic supply store or use pieces of cut rag and elastic bands or twist ties to prevent contamination and loss of transmission fluid.
11.Loosen the hose clamps and remove the upper and lower radiator hoses. If they dont pull of easy you grasp them with a pair of slip joint pliers and twist back and forth until the seal breaks. Be careful not to crush the plastic fittings that the hoses slide onto. If the hoses are fairly old or deteriorated at all it might be easier to just cut them off and buy 2 new hoses. The new hoses will be a very tight usually and you may have to boil the ends for a couple of minutes to make them pliable. Also if the hose clamps are the type you need pliers to remove you might like to replace with the screw type for future ease of removal.
12.Remove any clips or screws holding the fan module onto the rad remove. 13. If the a/c filter/drier is attached to the radiator remove the screws attaching it and support it in its current position.
14.this same filter/drier might also be attached to the fan module so check that before completing step 12.
15.lift the radiator from the engine compartment and be careful not to spill residual fluid on the paint as it corrosive. Clean any spills immediately. dont scratch the vehicle either and try not too bang or distort any cooling fins. they are very fragile.
16. post me as to why you would want to remove the rad anyway.
17. check the condition of the rubber rad mounts and replace if deteriorated
18.clean the area around and under the rad/rad mounts of mud and gravel
19. After reinstalling the rad fill with the proper mixture of coolant and wait for the car to reach normal op temp and refill as needed. check for leaks at the draincock, hoses, and transmission lines. with the car idling at op temp check the transmission fluid level. Before checking however it is important to cycle through the gears. this is for automatic vehicles only.