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My radiator is leaking quite abite of coolant, I had a pressure check done on the system and they said I need anothe radiator, is this something I can replace my self?

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Radiators are not hard to do yourself if you have a slight knowledge of auto repair. All you have to do is drain the coolant (if you collect it in a clean container you can reuse it) all hoses (usually four, 2 rubber and 2 aluminium), unbolt rad mounts and fans and replace doing same thing backwards.

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