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I have an 02 Mazda Tribute with a leaking radiator.Are there any tricks in removing the radiator to repair it? The Radiator People told me that they have never done one of these before and may have to remove the bumper to access the radiator and that they can't do it because they are not licensed to remove bumpers.I want to do it myself because I can't believe it could be that difficult .

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1. Drain coolant
2 Remove lower splash shields
3. Disconnect the lower radiator hose and the high pressure transaxle line
4. Lower the vehicle
5. Disconnect the transaxle return line
6. Disconnect the upper radiator hose and degas hose
7. Position the hood latch assembly out of the way
8. remove the 2 bolts and the center support
9 remove the 2 top bolts retaining the cooling fan to the radiator
10. remove the upper radiator support brackets, and remove the radiator from the vehicle
11. To install, reverse the removal procedure

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NOTE: Do not add/mix orange-colored Motorcraft Specialty Orange Engine Coolant. Mixing coolants can degrade the coolant’s protection.
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