post #1 of Old 02-28-2008, 11:27 AM Thread Starter
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how to change radiator?

i dont have a service manual anyone know any write ups or how on how to do it? 96 with ac AT. i figure everyone says its not that hard so why pay a shop 90-120 labor plus coolant....with the money ill save i can get a decent new one vs a used one from pick and pull that i gotta hope doesnt leak


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post #2 of Old 02-28-2008, 12:29 PM
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Yeah its really not that hard. I am sure there is a write up somewhere on here. Basically you remove the battery, fan shroud, electric fan and the radiator cover (the top plastic piece over the radiator). Then just take the two tranny lines off and coolant hoses.
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post #3 of Old 02-28-2008, 12:52 PM
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I did this within a month of buying my XJ because the stock piece was leaking and didn't have a single problem. I ordered a CSF 3 core, all metal radiator from DPG offroad for around $170 shipped.

I had a haynes manual handy but it really didn't help me too much. Search this forum and NAXJA for a write-up, they are definitely out there.

Basically, drain the coolant from the petcock on the passenger side of the radiator (mine was behind the turn signal under the headlight, hard as hell to get to). I just took a hose off and drained it that way. Unbolt the core support and take it out. It'll probably give you more room to take out the battery too. Take out the electric fan as well as the engine driven fan shroud. Take all the hoses and lines off. You need a fuel line tool to get the transmission line connector off. Mine took forever to me to get off. Pull the radiator straight out and reverse everything. Took me an afternoon plus a trip to autozone to the the fuel line disconnect tools.

Much more satisfying doing it myself. I've never taken my Mustang to a shop for work, I don't plan on taking my Jeep anywhere either (except maybe for the gears, but I had a friend help me do them in my driveway on the stang).
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post #5 of Old 02-28-2008, 02:55 PM
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I changed mine out a few weeks ago. It was pretty easy. There are a few write ups under the tech section on here that i referred to.
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post #6 of Old 02-28-2008, 05:21 PM
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I changed mine out last summer,the plastic resevoir on the end blew off. I would deff. go with a three row all metal radiator. I got mine at advance auto, cant remember exactly how much but mine ran at 210 all the time and 230 plus with air on. I put new radiator, water pump, 180 thermostat,new hoses and flushed coolant. now it runs at 175 to185 with or without air on.
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post #7 of Old 02-28-2008, 05:33 PM
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my plastic screw blew off recently as well, does that mean i should get a new radiator? (i had the thermostat and fan clutch replaced , and coolant flushed)

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post #8 of Old 02-28-2008, 05:45 PM Thread Starter
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i noticed some say lh and some say rh drives... how do i know which one i need? and then they also state some are HD

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post #9 of Old 02-28-2008, 05:48 PM
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lh and rh drives mean what they say. Your vehicle is left hand drive, because you're sitting in the left seat. It's true, that's what they mean by lh and rh drive.

Get the HD one. more coils.

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post #10 of Old 02-28-2008, 06:00 PM Thread Starter
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thats what i thought was the hd would fit the same but provide extra cooling since its designed to work under more stress or higher temps

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Why do I need to remove/disconnect the neg battery cable? I have a leak at the bottom of my radiator somewhere. I am attempting to figure out where it is but I don't know if I need to remove the cable in order to take the grill reinforcement panel off and maybe the fan shroud?
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post #12 of Old 08-20-2012, 04:42 PM
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You need to disconnect the battery so you don't make hand-burger when you're in and around the serp belt by someone cranking the engine over, pressing the auto start etc. by accident.

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