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How hard and long to replace the radiator of a 1997 subaru outback

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    do u have a manual? changing the radiator is only half the job then u must correctly fill and bleed the cooling system, if u do it wrong u can cause engine damage.

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Replacing the Radiator is as good as it gets showing why Subaru is the best car ever built. Should not take more than an hour of time to R and R. I suggest leaving fans on Radiator when removing. 2 bolts on top and unhook hoses, Trans lines and unplug fans. Lift out. Remove fan assembly and install on new Radiator, Reinstall hook lines. When you have reassembled lines hoses and wires, you are ready to refill. There is a small plastic cap on the passenger side of radiator to remove to aid in bleeding the system. Refill with proper coolant before starting vehicle. Turn on heater full and start vehicle. Slowly add coolant as necessary. This does take a little more time to make sure all air is out of system. Make sure you have good heat coming from inside and system is full then replace plastic screw and cap. Refill reserve bottle and keep eye on it. Should be good to go. Don't let jobs like this frieghten you. They are much easier than people will lead you to believe. Just have a good working area and good tools. You may have to replace some of the hose clamps if the factory ones come apart during removal. Good luck.

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