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How to remove radiator from model fitted with air con

Have removed all hoses rad appears to be coonected to air con rad but cant figure out how.

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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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  • UNC Claws Jan 17, 2009

    Clarification: You must undo screws in the front but the rad comes out under the hood.



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hi bricko
im dave
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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.
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