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Hit a deer. Need to remove the radiator which is

Hit a deer. Need to remove the radiator which is hook up to the AC. How do I do this without dumping all the refrigerant?

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U must have an AC fluid recovery machine to **** the R134 out of the system (about $2000.00), there is no other way to do this. just did this very same job on my own Buick same year.

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I hit a deer with my durango 2003 would it hurt to drive it without the electric fan working it is gone?

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OK hit deer in my 2003 accent had to change radiator it runs bad now fans won't come on umless I turn heater on it ran great before it sounds like a miss

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I am looking for a procedure to replace the radiator in my '98 S70 nonturbo with AC.

Hi Steve:

The first thing to do is remove the negative battery cable, this will wipe out the presets on you radio and Nav if you have it. If this is not a problem the next step is to find the drain if it has one. You should collect as much of the fluid as possible. You can dump it down the toilette if you have to but dumping is in the storm drain will kill fish, dogs and other pets. They will drink it, it is sweet and it is poison. That said consider replacing the hoses at the same time you will probably damage them and you don\'t want to do this job twice.

Open the radiator cap.

Remover the lower hose and then the upper hose. Some cars and trucks also use the radiator to cool the transmission if this is the case there will be two additional steel tubes attached to the radiator. Spray the threads with liquid wrench or another good quality penetration oil. WD40 is not a penetrating oil. Buy the liquid wrench.

If you are removing the transmission lines you will want to invest in a set of tube wrenches. This might seem expensive but if you strip those nuts you will wish you never tried this job. You can buy them at sears or most auto parts stores if you don\'t have them.

The AC has its own condenser coil, it usually sits in front of the radiator. The condenser coil has aluminum tubes do not disconnect them.

I guess at this point I assumed you removed the cowling. If not you will need to do so. I don\'t know if you have electric fans or a belt driven fan. Some times if you have a belt driven fan you can just move the cowling back and not have to remove it completely. If you must remove it completely you may need to remove the fan first.

With that out of the way there should now be two bolts holding two clamps with rubber bushings holding the radiator in place. Remove these and your ready to remove the radiator.

Best of luck


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Both fan not working after hit by a deer(fan makes contact with radiator)

Yes,replace the fan clutch,don't want to get it all back together and not work cause you didn't replace fan clutch.Your water pump may have been damaged also,I hit a deer and did major damage too,had to replace water pump,the fan is connected to it.

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Will my 92 MPV run with out an AC condenser?

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Want to know how to remove and install a radiator in a chrysler pacifica 2005

Facing car right hand side lower radiator remove drain plug on cold engine. If your radiator is bad the hoses are old to cut hoses off one top one lower. Have a shop discharge AC.Remove fan connectors.Remove the front fascia (the front of the car blocking the radiator from coming out. The painted part like you got hit in the front and had to replace the front cover) Remove AC lines. Remove transmission cooler lines. Remove push pins holding top plate on radiator. Remove right and left push pin brackets.Remove AC condenser side brackets.Lift up condenser and set back down in front of radiator.Lift radiator out and remove cooler and fan Assembly.If you want the original antifreeze go to dealer or Napa Zerex G5 same thing was 15 a gallon takes 1 and a 1/4 gallons + distilled water 50/50 Sounds like a lot of fun let me know how long it takes

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AC stoped work after giving the vehicel for garge for painting any idea ?what could be the cause ?

Take a look at the radiator. If there is no paint over-spray on the radiator the paint shop most likely removed it for painting. In the process of radiator removal all the coolant would have been either dumped or recovered. Additionally if the radiator was NOT removed look at the rigid AC lines around the radiator. They may have dinged one with a sander and punched a hole in the line. Usually leaks are easy to find as the tubing will have oil on it where the hole is. IF you find a rigid AC line or fitting anywhere in the engine compartment with what looks like oil on it, that is where the leak is. Other things to look for is the electrical connector for the AC clutch. Make sure that the connectors are connected to the clutch and to the pressure switch on the system expansion tank just behind the radiator. It will have a clear window that the internal hole is about the size of a paper punch dot. On top of that there is a pressure switch that must be connected. Make sure that connector is connected.
My thoughts on what to check.....or what could be the problem.
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How to replace ac condensor on 1995 dodge neon

un hook the lines, remove the radiator, remove the ac lines, remove the condenser supports, then it is out. i would not recommend this to a novice mechanic. you need a vaccume pump to refill the r134a.

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1998 CRV Radiator and A/C condensor

There is no special tools needed you must evacuate a/c system if it did not already lose all freon from hit.

here is manual instructions:

  1. Drain the engine coolant.
  2. Remove the upper and lower radiator hoses, and ATF cooler hoses.
  3. Disconnect the fan motor connector.
  4. Remove the radiator upper bracket, then pull up the radiator.
  5. Remove the fan shroud assemblies and other parts from the radiator.
  6. Install the radiator in the reverse order of removal. NOTE:
    • Set the upper and lower cushions securely.
    • Fill the radiator with engine coolant and bleed the air.

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