I recently hit a deer in my CRV, and even though it only hit the right front headlight and bumper, the radiator is leaking. I limped the car into the nearest Honda shop and they told me the radiator needs to be replaced and the A/C condensor. The shop wants way too much for the work (to the point that the insurance is about to call it a total loss).
My question is, would it be possible for me to remove and replace the radiator myself? I do not have a lift available, but I am confident I can make do. Are there special tools/parts other than the new radiator that I need? If this should be done by a shop, what is the best way to tow the vehicle?
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You must remove the entire front bumper and you will want to remove the radiator as well. There really isn't enough room there.
To remove the front bumper, there are plastic clips around wheel well and under the front bumper. Then there are a couple of bolts under the hood and two bolts on the side (look from wheel well up). The whole thing comes off as one piece.
I was able to move (twist) the A/C condensor out of the way and not drain it.
Chances are you got it fixed in the winter and they didnt think to check your A/C condenser. The Condenser sits next to or in front of the radiator cooling unit. THey get punctured and leak freon. The heat being blown is indiciative that your blower and control unit is fine. If the repair was done by a reputable body shop or the dealer they should have checked it. If they havent checked it then they failed to do their job properly and you should have it reviewed. A lot of times they will see the radiator is undamaged and overlook the condenser. Take it aback to the dealer and have it reviewed. Tell them to specifically check the condenser unit
I'm not positive about a Rav, but it's pretty typical to pull out the radiator, then condensor. Either way, it's going to be expensive. Maybe $500-800 with condensor and freon recharge, and it sounds like you could use a new bumper and lower radiator support. Are you sure you don't want to turn it in on insurance?
VERY TRICKY JOB. ALL DEPENDS ON IF YOU HAVE A 4.7L OR 4.0L.
IN ANY CASE THE BUMPER HAS TO COME OFF, THE UPPER RADIATOR SUPPORT, ELECTRIC FAN, VISCOUS FAN IF IT HAS ONE, HEADLIGHTS HAVE TO COME OFF, THE CONDENSOR HAS TO BE UNBOLTED FRON THE RADIATOR. SOME OF THE 4.7L MODELS CAME WITH A HYDROLIC RADIATOR FAN, VERY RARE, BUT MAKES THE JOB EVEN MORE COMPLICATED. FROM THERE ON REMOVE THE RADIATOR HOSES AND TRANSMISSION LINES AND INSTALL THE NEW ONE THE REVERSE WAY OF REMOVAL.
There are 5 bolts holding the headlight assembly in place. 2 at the top and 3 underneath.
Remove the plastic cross piece by prising out the clips and then the grille clips too then unbolt the bolts eithr side under the wheel arch. The bumper is still fastened using cips. Pull the bumper forward to unclip.
Its not that hard but you have to remove bumper to get to the two bottom bolts that holds the headlights. First remove grille and there are 2 10mm bolts that holt the tip of fenders they are the first bolts under the fender weld closes to the bumper cover. Then there are two bumper mounts/brackets that hold bumper to frame/radiator support. they are held by (4) 12mm bolts may need a swivel socket to get to them( easily accessed if you remove front signal lights in the bumper held by philips screws in the corners).After removing bracket bumper should come right off. Headlights are in plain clear view. (4) 10mm bolts and you are done. Re-install in the reverse. Good Luck . If I fixed ya leave me a FIX-YA comment. Contact me if you need more info
You may have air trapped in the cooling system, this causes a hot spot and the fans run, This is a common issue on most front wheel cars, jack the front of the car up as high as you can, fill the coolant reservoir full, run the engine until hot,( don't overheat it) then shut down, let the engine cool, this should self bleed the air, refill the coolant bottle and retest for your problem, restore the wiring, the not running fan is for AC. Spray cold water from a hose on the radiator his will help get the air out after the shut down.