- Disconnect the negative battery cable.
- Drain the cooling system when safe.
Never open, service or drain the radiator or cooling system when hot; serious burns can occur from the steam and hot coolant. Also, when draining engine 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 quantities. Always drain coolant into a sealable container. Coolant should be reused unless it is contaminated or is several years old.
- Disconnect the overflow tube. Some vehicles may also require removal of the overflow tank.
- Disconnect upper and lower radiator hoses.
- Detach the electrical connectors from the cooling fan and air conditioning condenser fan, if equipped.
- For Mirage and Diamante models, remove the fan assembly.
- Disconnect the thermo sensor wires.
- If equipped with an automatic transaxle, disconnect and plug the automatic transaxle cooler lines.
- Remove the upper radiator mounts and lift out the radiator assembly or radiator/fan assembly, as applicable.
- Install the radiator or radiator and fan, if removed as an assembly.
- Connect the automatic transaxle cooler lines, if disconnected.
- Connect the thermo sensor wires.
- Install the fan, if removed separately.
- Install the radiator hoses.
- Install the air cleaner support bracket, if removed.
- Install the overflow tube and reservoir, if removed.
- Fill the system with coolant.
- Connect the negative battery cable, run the vehicle until the thermostat opens, fill the radiator completely and check the automatic transaxle fluid level, if equipped.
- Once the vehicle has cooled, recheck the coolant level.