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Im having trouble removing the radiator from the

I am trying to replace my radiator and the fan wont come off, it is attached and is making it difficult to repair the radiator, where are the bolts that hold it in place at?..

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Wrong, The fan IS very much attached to the radiator with 2 plastic clips molded onto the radiator on the driver's side, and there is one 10mm bolt in the bottom of the fan on passenger side. It's a real pain in the rear... I happen to be replacing one right now on a 1996. The whole job sucks, bad.... good luck :)

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  • Jeff Ferrell May 09, 2010

    Also, the condenser for the A/C is there as well, and it hooks onto the front of the radiator, you can unhook it pretty easily, and it should flex enough to pull the radiator out when u get to that point. I had to unbolt the passenger headlight to get it loose from the radiator. If you disconnect the headlight plugs, make sure you mark one of them (the plug on the headlight, and it's wire connector) so that you don't mix them up when you put them back in (there's 2)

  • Jeff Ferrell May 09, 2010

    Ok I finished the Radiator, and replaced the fan motor in the fan housing since it wasnt working..

    The Fan housing clips onto the radiator of this car, and as stated earlier there's one 10MM bolt at passenger side bottom on fan housing which screws into a threaded clip on the bottom of the radiator, the new radiator will come with a new clip and you'll need to reuse the screw.

    The top clip on the driver's side, you'll be able to slide the radiator to the side and out of, but only after you figure out the lower clip on the driver's side. You should remove the fan and fan housing as one piece before trying to get the radiator out. Jack the car up and put jack stands under it, and once the fan housing is loose, wiggle it out from the bottom.




  • Jeff Ferrell May 09, 2010

    I didn't figure out how the lower clip on the driver's side comes off, i busted it off using a crow bar, lol. Don't worry the Fan will remount firmly without that one clip, just be sure not to break the long finger one, and make sure to get the 10MM bolt back into the clip when u replace the radiator. Make it easier on yourself and install the new threaded clip before inserting the new radiator. Make sure the 2 plastic pins on the bottom of the radiator fit into the holes at the bottom of the frame. Also the radiator fan housing clips over top of the radiator, thats another point it has for holding on.




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The cooling fan is not attached to the radiator. it is mounted on it's own frame attached on the sides with about four bolts.remove it first then disconnect coolant hoses and transmission lines from radiator and lift it out.

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CAUTION
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