GM Firebird 1982-1992 Repair Guide

Radiator

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1 through 8



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Fig. Fig. 1: Removing radiator upper shield bolts



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Fig. Fig. 2: Removing radiator upper shield



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Fig. Fig. 3: Unplugging the fan connector



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Fig. Fig. 4: Removing the electric fan



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Fig. Fig. 5: Disconnecting the overflow hose



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Fig. Fig. 6: Disconnecting the upper hose



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Fig. Fig. 7: Disconnecting the transmission cooler lines



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Fig. Fig. 8: Lifting out the radiator

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. 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. Remove the air inlet ducts and air cleaner, if necessary.
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  3. Remove the electric cooling fan, if equipped.
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  5. Disconnect the coolant overflow tank hose.
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  7. Disconnect upper and lower radiator hoses.
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  9. On vehicles equipped with automatic transmission, disconnect and plug the transmission fluid cooler lines.
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  11. Disconnect and plug the engine oil cooler lines, if equipped.
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  13. Remove fan shroud assembly, if applicable.
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  15. Remove the upper radiator mount screws.
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  17. Remove the radiator assembly by lifting straight up.
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The radiator assembly is held at the bottom by two cradles secured to the radiator support.

  1. If installing a new radiator, transfer the fittings from the old radiator to the new radiator.
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  3. Replace the radiator assembly by reversing the above steps. Check that radiator lower cradles are located properly in radiator recess.
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  5. Refill the cooling system. Check the engine oil and transmission fluid levels, if necessary. Run engine for a short period of time and check for leaks.
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