Follow these steps to replace your radiator:


WARNING: Coolant can reach extreme temperatures. Make sure your vehicle has been shut off for a long period of time to ensure your engine coolant is not HOT. Hot coolant can cause scalding and require medical attention. Use safety goggles to protect your eyes at all times.

Find the radiator drain plug, some applications may use the lower radiator hose. Drain coolant into your fluid container. Make sure to check with your local state laws for proper disposal and storage of coolant. IF your vehicle has an automatic transmission, that has lines going to the radiator, remove lines. Some applications may require the purchase of a quick connect tool to remove the lines. Drain fluid into another fluid container and dispose of in the same manner as the coolant.

With all of the fluid out of the way, start to remove all other accessories. Coolant hoses, wires to sensors or fan motors, any plastic molding, fan assemblies and any other automotive parts prohibiting you from removing the radiator out of the vehicle. REMEMBER that most of these connections have been in your vehicle for a while and may break when you are removing them. So use precaution when removing these parts from your radiator and vehicle.

Remove the mounts, brackets or bolts that are holding your radiator in spot. They are normally located on all four corners. Pay attention on vehicles that have air conditioning. The condenser is normally mounted in front of the radiator and sometimes requires the removal of the mounting bolts to the condenser. Other vehicles may have other coolers that you would remove in the same fashion as the condenser. Carefully lift the radiator out. Some models may require the fan assembly and condenser to come out with the radiator.


For installation reverse the procedures used for removal. It is always a good idea to dry install your radiator. Make sure all of your connections fit, fan holes line up, mounting holes line up and radiator cap fits. Some of these steps you can check before even installing the radiator.
Add fluids to your automatic transmission if needed. Most vehicles require a 50/50 mixture of coolant. 50% water and 50% antifreeze. WARNING: Most vehicles with no radiator cap have a air bleeding procedure. They require a process of replacing trapped air in your system with coolant. Every make and model has a different procedure for bleeding the air out. Check a repair manual for your specific vehicles procedure.
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  Remove radiator cap slowly with a towel to make sure pressure is released out of the system and protect against possibility of hot coolant. Disconnect negative battery cable.

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