Toyota Camry 1983-1996 Repair Guide

Radiator

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION




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.

1C-LTC and 2CL-TC Engines
  1. Position a suitable drain pan under the radiator and drain the cooling system by opening the radiator draincock.
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  3. Disconnect the two cooling fan connectors.
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  5. Disconnect the coolant reservoir hose.
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  7. Remove the right engine under cover.
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  9. Unbolt and remove the No. 2 fan shroud with cooling fan and motor.
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  11. Disconnect the upper and lower hoses from the radiator.
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  13. Disconnect the water temperature switch connector.
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  15. On vehicles equipped with automatic transaxle, disconnect the two cooler hoses from the cooler pipes.
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Take care when disconnecting the cooler lines because some of the transmission oil will leak from the line. Place a small plastic container under the lines to collect the oil and plug each connection to prevent further leakage.

  1. Remove the two bolts and radiator supports.
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  3. Remove the radiator from the vehicle.
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To install:
  1. Place the radiator in position and support it by hand. Install the two radiator supports with bolts. Make sure that the rubber cushion of each support is not depressed or crimped.
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  3. On vehicles equipped with automatic transaxle, connect and tighten the two oil cooler hoses.
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  5. Connect the water temperature switch connector.
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  7. Connect the upper and lower radiator hoses.
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  9. Install the No. 2 cooling fan with the cooling fan and motor.
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  11. Install the right engine under cover.
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  13. Connect the coolant reservoir hose.
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  15. Connect the two cooling fan motor connectors.
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  17. Fill the cooling system to the proper level with a ethylene glycol coolant/water mixture.
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  19. Start the engine and inspect for leaks. Remember to check the transmission fluid level on cars with automatic transaxles. Add fluid as required.
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2S-ELC, 3S-FE, 5S-FE and 2VZ-FE Engines

See Figure 1

  1. Position a suitable drain pan under the radiator and drain the cooling system by opening the radiator draincock.
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  3. Disconnect the coolant reservoir hose.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of the radiator and cooling fans-5S-FE engine

  1. Remove the battery. On 2VZ-FE models, remove the ignition coil/ignition assembly. On 5S-FE models, remove the cruise control actuator cover.
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  3. Unfasten the engine and air conditioning cooling fan motor connectors. On the 5S-FE, disconnect the water temperature switch at the fan shroud.
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  5. Disconnect the upper and lower hoses from the radiator.
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  7. Unbolt and remove the engine electric cooling fan assembly (shroud and motor).
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  9. On vehicles equipped with air conditioning, remove the air conditioning electric cooling fan assembly (shroud and motor).
  10.  
  11. On vehicles equipped with automatic transaxle, disconnect the two cooler hoses from the cooler pipes at the bottom of the radiator.
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Take care when disconnecting the cooler lines because some of the transmission oil will leak from the line. Place a small plastic container under the lines to collect the oil and plug each connection to prevent further leakage.

  1. Support the radiator by hand and remove the two bolts and radiator supports.
  2.  
  3. Remove the radiator from the vehicle.
  4.  

To install:
  1. Place the radiator in position and support it by hand. Install the two radiator supports with bolts. Tighten the bolts to 9 ft. lbs. (13 Nm). Make sure that the rubber cushion of each support is not depressed or crimped.
  2.  
  3. On vehicles equipped with automatic transaxle, connect and tighten the two oil cooler hoses.
  4.  
  5. On vehicles equipped with air conditioning, install the air conditioning electric cooling fan assembly.
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  7. Install the engine electric cooling fan assembly.
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  9. Attach the cooling fan motor connectors. Connect the water temperature switch.
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  11. Connect the upper and lower hoses to the radiator.
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  13. Connect the coolant reservoir hose.
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  15. Install the battery. Install the ignition coil/ignition assembly and the cruise control actuator cover if removed.
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  17. Fill the cooling system to the proper level with a ethylene glycol coolant/water mixture.
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  19. Start the engine and inspect for leaks.
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  21. Remember to check the transmission fluid level on cars with automatic transaxles. Add fluid as required.
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1MZ-FE and 3VZ-FE Engines

See Figures 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8

  1. Disconnect the cable at the negative battery terminal.
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CAUTION
On models with an air bag, wait at least 90 seconds from the time that the ignition switch is turned to the LOCK position and the battery is disconnected before performing any further work.

  1. Drain the engine coolant into a suitable container.
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Fig. Fig. 2: Exploded view of the radiator and cooling fans-1MZ-FE engine, 3VZ-FE similar

  1. Remove the cruise control actuator cover on the 3VZ-FE and wire clamp on the 1MZ-FE engine.
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Fig. Fig. 3: Remove the cruise control wire clamp

  1. Remove the union bolt and gasket and then disconnect the pressure line from the hydraulic fan motor. You may lose some hydraulic fluid here, so have a container ready.
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Fig. Fig. 4: Remove the union bolt and gasket from the pressure line for the hydraulic fan motor

  1. Disconnect the upper radiator hose and the coolant reservoir hose. Disconnect the hydraulic return hose.
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  3. Remove the engine under cover.
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  5. Disconnect the lower radiator hose and the oil cooler lines.
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Fig. Fig. 5: Disconnect the lower radiator hose (1) and the oil cooler lines (2)

  1. On the Canadian 1MZ-FE engines, remove the No. 7 relay block.
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Fig. Fig. 6: On Canadian models, remove the No. 7 relay block-1MZ-FE engine



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Fig. Fig. 7: Remove the two upper supports retaining the radiator



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Fig. Fig. 8: Extract the radiator from the engine compartment

  1. Remove the two bolts and the upper supports and lift out the radiator/fan assembly. Remove the bolts and separate the fan from the radiator.
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To install:
  1. Install the fan assembly to the radiator and then install the radiator. Tighten the support bolts to 9 ft. lbs. (13 Nm). Be sure that the rubber support cushions are not pinched.
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  3. Connect the oil cooler hoses and the lower radiator hose.
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  5. Install the engine under cover.
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  7. Connect the hydraulic return line.
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  9. Connect the reservoir and upper radiator hoses.
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  11. Connect the pressure line with a new gasket. Tighten the union bolt to 47 ft. lbs. (64 Nm).
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  13. Install the actuator cover or wire clamp depending on which engine.
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  15. Install the No. 7 relay block if removed.
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  17. Fill the engine with coolant, connect the battery, start the car and check for leaks.
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