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How do I disconnect the radiator in my 1997 Dodge Dakota pickup. It is an automatic V8 with air conditioning

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Drain your coolant (not on the ground), Remove the upper and lower radiator hoses, If trans cooler equiped, remove trans cooer oil lines from radiator, remove either the top sheet metal holding the radiator down, or the four bolts 2 on each side, and lift the radiator out. Good luck.

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