Chrysler Full-Size Vans 1967-1988 Repair Guide

Radiator

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1 through 18

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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of a common radiator mounting for all vehicles covered in this guide



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Fig. Fig. 2: Some vehicles may require the radiator reservoir to be removed. Loosen the clamp...



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Fig. Fig. 3: ... that retains the overflow hose to the reservoir and disconnect the hose



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Fig. Fig. 4: Remove the reservoir retaining bolts ...



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Fig. Fig. 5: ... then remove the reservoir from the vehicle



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Fig. Fig. 6: To remove the radiator, first open the radiator petcock to drain the cooling system



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Fig. Fig. 7: Loosen the upper radiator hose clamp ...



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Fig. Fig. 8: ... and disconnect the hose from the radiator. Position the hose out of the way



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Fig. Fig. 9: Remove the upper fan shroud-to-lower fan shroud attaching bolts



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Fig. Fig. 10: Remove the all of the fan shroud-to-radiator bolts



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Fig. Fig. 11: Lift out the upper fan shroud ...



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Fig. Fig. 12: ... and the lower fan shroud



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Fig. Fig. 13: Remove the upper radiator retaining bolts, and loosen the lower retaining bolts



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Fig. Fig. 14: From underneath, loosen the lower radiator hose clamp ...



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Fig. Fig. 15: ... and disconnect the hose from the radiator



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Fig. Fig. 16: If equipped, loosen the automatic transmission cooler lines at the radiator ...



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Fig. Fig. 17: ... and disconnect them from the radiator. Plug the line and cap the radiator fitting



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Fig. Fig. 18: Remove the lower mounting bolts, then carefully lift the radiator out of the vehicle

  1. Drain the cooling system.
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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 battery ground cable.
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  3. Detach the upper hose from the radiator. If necessary, remove the overflow tank.
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  5. Remove the shroud mounting nuts and position it out of the way.
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  7. Remove the radiator top mounting screws. If equipped with air conditioning, remove the condenser attaching screws, accessible through the grille. Do not disconnect any air conditioning lines.
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  9. Raise the vehicle and support it. Disconnect and plug the automatic transmission cooler lines and cap the openings in the cooler.
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  11. Hold the radiator in place and remove the lower mounting screws. Carefully lift it up and out of the truck.
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To install:
  1. Hold the radiator in place and install the lower mounting screws.
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  3. Connect the automatic transmission cooler lines.
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  5. Install the radiator top mounting screws. If equipped with air conditioning, install the condenser attaching screws, accessible through the grille.
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  7. Install the shroud mounting nuts.
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  9. Connect the upper hose from the radiator.
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  11. Connect the battery ground cable.
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  13. Fill the cooling system.
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  15. Check all fluid levels and run the engine, making sure there are no leaks.
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