Kia Sportage 1998-02

Removal & Installation

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CAUTION
Never remove the radiator cap when the engine is hot. Serious burns could occur from high-pressure engine coolant escaping from the radiator.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
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  3. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  5. Remove the radiator cap.
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  7. Raise the vehicle and remove the under cover.
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  9. At the lower left of the radiator, loosen the drain cock and drain the cooling system.
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  11. Disconnect the lower radiator hose at the radiator.
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  13. Lower the vehicle and disconnect the upper radiator hose.
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  15. Disconnect the coolant reservoir tank hose.
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  17. Remove the fresh air duct.
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  19. Remove the five shroud bolts.
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  21. Remove the radiator bracket bolts and carefully lift the radiator upward.
    WARNING
    Use care when removing the radiator not to damage the cooling fins.

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To install:

  1. Carefully lower the radiator into the lower mounts.
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  3. Install the shroud and secure with five mounting bolts.
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  5. Install the fresh air duct and tighten bolts to 89 inch lbs. (10 Nm).
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  7. Connect the reservoir tank hose.
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  9. Connect the upper radiator hose.
    NOTE
    Make certain to reinstall the hose clamps in their original positions.

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  11. Raise the vehicle and connect the lower radiator hose.
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  13. Tighten the drain cock.
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  15. Install the undercover.
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  17. Refill the cooling system and install cap.
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  19. Connect the negative battery cable.
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  21. Run the engine until hot and verify proper cooling system operation.

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    Fig. Radiator drain cock location

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