REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1 through 10
- Drain the cooling system into a container.
When draining coolant, keep in mind that cats and dogs are attracted to ethylene glycol antifreeze, and could 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.
- Disconnect the upper, lower and overflow hoses at the radiator.
- If necessary, remove the retaining hardware securing the air filter intake hose, then remove the intake hose and place aside.
- On automatic transmission equipped cars, disconnect and plug the fluid cooler lines at the radiator.
- If equipped with a radiator shroud, remove the shroud mounting bolts and position the radiator shroud out of the way.
- If equipped with side mounting bolts, remove them at this time.
- If equipped with top mount brackets, remove the retaining bolts securing the brackets. Check and make sure all retaining hardware has been removed.
- If the air conditioner condenser is attached to the radiator, remove the retaining bolts and position the condenser out of the way. DO NOT disconnect the refrigerant lines.
- Lift out the radiator. Be careful not to dent or bend any of the cooling fins on the radiator body.
- If a new radiator is to be installed, transfer the petcock from the old radiator to the new one. On cars equipped with automatic transmissions, transfer the fluid cooler line fittings from the old radiator to the new unit.
- Position the radiator into the vehicle and install, but do not tighten, the radiator support bolts.
- On cars equipped with automatic transmissions, connect the fluid cooler lines. Then, tighten the radiator support bolts.
- Position the shroud, and secure with the retaining hardware.
- Connect the radiator hoses. If the hoses are in poor condition, replace them. Close the radiator petcock, if not already done. Fill the cooling system.
- Start the engine and bring it to operating temperature. Check for leaks.
- On cars equipped with automatic transmissions, check the cooler lines for leaks and interference. Check the transmission fluid level.