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96 Acura 3.2 overheats after replacing the top radiator hose.

There is a curve in the hose. Why, and does it matter what position it is installed in? I have a 1996 Acura TL, 2.5L. We replaced the radiator and now the fans won't work. We checked all the fuses that we know of. What can it be that is making them not work? How do we check the relays?

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Try to bleed the cooling system. the system might have air in it.

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Reason for a radiator failing and pointers on a radiator replacement on a 2005 Acura TSX.

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I have a 96 acura tl i haved thermostat put on and vavle cover gasket but my antifrezze is leaking out from radiater but i still cant find the leak

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Hi, I'm trying to replace the thermostat on my 1997 Mercury Grand Marquis. I'm kind of stuck because to drive it anywhere for repair will overheat the engine and my friend informed me that it's...

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  1. Drain the cooling system to a level below the thermostat.
    1. Disconnect the upper radiator hose from the thermostat housing.
    2. Remove the 2 thermostat housing retaining bolts and remove the thermostat housing.
    3. Remove the thermostat and O-ring seal. Inspect the O-ring for damage and replace, as necessary.
  2. To install:

    1. Make sure all mating surfaces are clean.
    2. Install the thermostat, O-ring and thermostat housing. Make sure the thermostat is positioned in the 3 o'clock position.
    3. Install and alternately tighten the thermostat housing retaining bolts to 15-22 ft. lbs. (20-30 Nm). Connect the upper radiator hose.
    4. Fill the cooling system


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How do I remove my car radiator?

Section 303-03: Cooling, Engine 1997 Explorer, Mountaineer Workshop Manual REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION Radiator - 4.0L Removal
  1. NOTE: Refer to following illustrations.
    Drain the cooling system by removing the radiator cap (8100) and attaching a 9.5 mm (3/8 inch) inside diameter hose to the draincock nipple, located at the lower rear corner of the radiator tank. Then, open the radiator draincock (8115) and allow the coolant to flow through the hose into a suitable container.
  1. Loosen hose clamps at throttle body and engine air cleaner assembly. Remove air cleaner outlet tube and position aside.
  1. Remove radiator overflow hose from the radiator, disconnect two hose locators at top of radiator and position hose aside.
  1. Remove two fans shroud bolts. Lift the fan shroud out of the lower retaining clips and position it on the fan blade.
  1. Position upper and lower radiator hose clamps, remove hose from radiator and position it on the fan blade.
  1. Disconnect the two transmission cooling lines from the oil cooler fittings on the radiator, install protective caps over lines and position aside.
  1. Remove two upper radiator bolts.
  1. Tilt the radiator back (rearward) approximately 25 mm (one inch) and lift directly upward, clear of the radiator support bracket and the fan blade.
  1. Position the radiator into engine compartments, make sure that mountings on both tanks are inserted into radiator support brackets. Install radiator retaining bolts. Tighten to 6-8 - (54-70 lb-in).
  1. Remove protective caps from cooler lines. Connect the two transmission cooling lines at the oil cooler fittings on radiator. Tighten to 16-24 - (12-17 lb-ft).
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  1. Install lower radiator hose and position hose clamp. Tighten to 3 - (26 lb-in).
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96 acura 3.2tl thermostat replacement. does the

should just be able to unbolt the housing that your top radiator hose goes to and put it in

Jan 08, 2010 | 1996 Acura TL Series

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How to locate the thermostat for a 1997 acura 2.2

Removal & Installation
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Drain the cooling system into a suitable container.
  3. Locate the thermostat housing by following the upper radiator hose to the engine.
  4. Loosen the hose clamps then carefully detach the hose from the fitting.
If the hose is stuck, carefully use a pick to break the seal between the radiator hose and the housing. If the hose is deteriorated, replace it with a new one.
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Remove the thermostat housing bolts

Pull the water outlet neck away from the housing

Note the installed position of the thermostat, then remove it

  1. Unfasten the retainers, then remove the thermostat housing.
Some coolant may leak out of the housing as the seal is broken.
  1. Remove the thermostat carefully noting how it's installed.
  2. Clean the mating surfaces of the thermostat housing.
Many thermostat housing's are made out of aluminum alloy. A plastic scraper is very effective and will not harm such metals.
To install


A new gasket must be installed before installation

Install the thermostat with the air bleed valve at the top

  1. Install the new thermostat and gasket.
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  2. Connect the radiator hose and tighten the hose clamps securely.
  3. Install any remaining components, then refill the cooling system.
  4. Start and run the engine until it reaches normal operating temperature while checking for leaks.

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96 Acura RL overheating.

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96 Acura 3.2 overheats after replacing the top radiator hose.

Make sure that there is no air in your block. If it over heated then I would replace the thermostat. There should be a bleeder valve by the thermostat housing. you need to turn it Intel all the air is out and you get a good stream of water.I don't know how hot it got so if it got really hot then you need to make sure you did not blow a head gasket.

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