Honda Accord/Prelude 1984-1995 Repair Guide

Radiator

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CAUTION
DO NOT attempt to open the cooling system when the engine is hot; the system will be under pressure and scalding may occur. Wait until the radiator and hoses are cool to the touch; generally a period of hours after the engine was operated.

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



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  1. Position a clean drain pan under the radiator and remove the radiator cap. Drain the cooling system.
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  3. Unplug the electrical connectors from the thermo-switch and the cooling fan motor.
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  5. Disconnect the coolant hoses from the radiator.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Disconnect the reservoir tank hose from the filler neck ...



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Fig. Fig. 2: ... as well as the other coolant hoses from the radiator

  1. On cars with automatic transaxles, disconnect and plug the transaxle fluid cooler lines.
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  3. If necessary for additional clearance, remove the radiator fans.
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  5. Remove the retaining bolts and remove the radiator.
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Fig. Fig. 3: Remove the bolts securing the radiator to the vehicle

When removing the radiator, take care not to damage the core and fins. Take note of the rubber mounts or bushings; they must be replaced in their exact original positions.



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Fig. Fig. 4: Be careful not to damage the core and fins when removing the radiator from the vehicle

  1. If not already done so, the fan can now be easily unbolted from the radiator.
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  3. Inspect the hoses for damage, leaks and/or deterioration; if necessary, replace them. If the radiator fins are clogged, wash off any insects or dirt with low pressure water. Fins may be straightened using a blunt, non-metallic tool such as an ice cream stick.
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To install:
  1. When installing, fit the radiator into place, making certain the rubber bushings or grommets are in place at the bottom and/or sides of the mounts.
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  3. Install the retaining bolts, tightening them to 7 ft. lbs. (10 Nm).
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  5. On automatic transaxles, connect the cooler hoses to the radiator using new clamps.
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  7. Connect the coolant hoses to their ports; use new hose clamps.
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  9. If applicable, install the fans.
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  11. Engage the electrical connections.
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  13. Double check the drain plug on the radiator, making sure it is closed. Refill the coolant.
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  15. On cars with automatic transaxles, check the transaxle fluid level. Add if necessary.
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  17. Start the engine and allow it to reach normal operating temperature. Check for leaks. Recheck the fluid levels.
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