Chrysler Colt/Vista 1990-1993 Repair Information

Radiator

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1 through 5


CAUTION
The electric cooling fan may operate when the engine is turned off, or at various times when the engine is running. Be careful when working around the fan. Disconnect the negative battery cable when servicing the cooling system components.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable. Remove the splash panel from the bottom of the car. Drain the radiator by opening the petcock. Remove the shroud on models so equipped. Disconnect the fan motor wiring harness.
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CAUTION
When draining the coolant, keep in mind that cats and dogs are attracted by the ethylene glycol antifreeze, and are quite likely to drink any that is left in an uncovered container or in puddles on the ground. This will prove fatal in sufficient quantity. Always drain the coolant into a sealable container. Coolant should be reused unless it is contaminated or several years old.

  1. Disconnect the radiator hoses at the engine. On automatic transmission cars, disconnect and plug the transmission lines to the bottom of the radiator. On models that have an expansion tank be sure to disconnect the feed hose.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Radiator and related parts - 1990-92 Colt hatchback



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Fig. Fig. 2: Radiator and related parts - 1990 Colt Wagon

  1. Remove the two retaining bolts from either side of the radiator. Lift out the radiator. On models with an electric cooling fan, the fan and motor may usually be left attached to the radiator and be removed with the radiator as one unit.
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  3. Install the radiator, connect the hoses, install the electric cooling fan, make sure the petcocks are closed and fill the system with the proper coolant mixture. Tighten the retaining bolts gradually in a crisscross pattern.
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Fig. Fig. 3: Radiator and related parts - 1992-93 Vista



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Fig. Fig. 4: Radiator and related parts - 1993 Colt w/1.5L engine and manual trans.



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Fig. Fig. 5: Radiator and related parts - 1993 Colt w/1.5L engine and automatic trans., and all 1993 Colt w/1.8L engine

 
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