Nissan Maxima 1993-1998 Repair Guide

Radiator

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1 through 7

  1. Remove the splash shield underneath the vehicle. This makes access to the lower hose easier.
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  3. Disconnect the upper and lower radiator hoses.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Twist the hose while pulling away to disconnect it from the radiator

  1. Disconnect the radiator overflow hose.
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CAUTION
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.



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Fig. Fig. 2: Pinch the clamp with pliers to loosen it; then pull it back to remove the hose

  1. Disconnect the automatic transaxle cooler lines from the radiator (automatic models).
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Fig. Fig. 3: After the automatic transaxle cooler lines are removed, use plugs to keep any ATF from spilling

  1. Remove the radiator mounting brackets.
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Fig. Fig. 4: Remove the bolt and pull the upper bracket from the pin on the radiator

  1. Remove the fan/shroud assembly. Don't forget to unplug the cooling fans.
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  3. Carefully lift the radiator from the engine compartment.
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Fig. Fig. 5: When lifting the radiator out of the engine compartment, be careful not to damage the cooling fins

To install:
  1. Lower the radiator into the engine compartment. Be sure the rubber spacers on the bottom of the radiator are properly seated in the holes in the body.
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Fig. Fig. 6: Make sure the rubber spacers are installed properly on the bottom radiator pins ...



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Fig. Fig. 7: ... and the spacers are seated properly in the radiator mounts

  1. Install the radiator mounting brackets.
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  3. Connect the automatic transaxle cooler lines from the radiator (automatic models).
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  5. Install the fan/shroud assembly. Be sure to plug in the cooling fans.
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  7. Install the upper and lower radiator hoses.
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  9. Install the splash shield underneath the vehicle.
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  11. Refill the cooling system with the appropriate antifreeze/water mix and bleed the system.
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  13. Run the engine and check the cooling system for leaks.
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