Disconnect the negative battery cable for safety purposes. (On vehicles with an electric cooling fan, the fan could come on at any time; disconnecting the battery cable will eliminate this risk.)
NOTEBefore draining the cooling system is a good time to decide if it is time to replace your coolant. If not, the drain pan must be clean and free of oil or other contaminants so that the coolant can be reused.
- Make sure the engine is cool, then remove the radiator cap and drain the coolant into a suitable container.
- Disconnect the upper, lower and coolant reservoir hoses at the radiator.
If equipped with an automatic transmission, disconnect the fluid cooler lines at the radiator. Depending on the year and model, your vehicle may use threaded fittings (on which a backup wrench should be used to prevent damage to the radiator) or quick-connect coupling fittings, which require a special release tool.
NOTEOn vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission and quick-connect couplings, disconnect the fluid cooler lines at the radiator using oil cooler line quick-connect coupling tool T82L-9500-AH or equivalent.
- On some models, the coolant overflow bottle is bolted to the radiator. If so, you can ease radiator removal by unbolting and removing the overflow bottle.
Remove the radiator upper support retaining bolts and remove the supports. Lift the radiator from the vehicle.
- If a new radiator is to be installed, transfer the draincock from the old radiator to the new one. If equipped with an automatic transmission and quick-connect couplings, transfer the fluid cooler line fittings from the old radiator. Use a pipe sealant with Teflon® or equivalent oil resistant sealer.
- Position the radiator assembly into the vehicle. Install the upper supports and the retaining bolts. If equipped with an automatic transmission, connect the fluid cooler lines.
- If removed, install the coolant overflow bottle.
- Connect the radiator hoses. Close the radiator draincock.
- Connect the negative battery cable, then fill and bleed the cooling system.
- Run the engine to normal operating temperature. Check for coolant and transmission fluid leaks.
- Shut the engine OFF , then check the coolant and transmission fluid levels.
- Drain the cooling system.
- Remove the lower radiator air deflector.
- Remove the 4 pushpin retainers and the air deflector.
- Remove the cooling fan motor and shroud.
- Disconnect the degas bottle-to-radiator hose and position aside.
- Disconnect the upper radiator hose from the radiator and position aside.
- Disconnect the lower radiator hose from the radiator and position aside.
- Remove the 4 bolts and the radiator support brackets.
- Remove the 2 power steering tubes and A/C condenser retaining nuts and position aside the power steering tubes.
- Remove the 2 A/C condenser bolts.
- If equipped, remove the 2 bolts and the transmission cooler and position aside.
- Remove the radiator.
Installation is the reverse the removal procedure. Please note the following tightening specifications:
- Transmission cooler bolts: 89 inch lbs. (10 Nm)
- A/C condenser bolts: 89 inch lbs. (10 Nm)
- Power steering tube and A/C condenser retaining nuts: 89 inch lbs. (10 Nm)
- Radiator support bracket bolts: 89 inch lbs. (10 Nm)
- Fill and bleed the cooling system.