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Unread 11-13-2013, 08:52 AM   #16
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Make sure you know where it's (coolant) coming from first.

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Unread 11-17-2013, 07:11 PM   #17
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I did the same. Thank you for the tip.
And thank you everyone for the other tips.
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Just finished putting in my new Rad and a couple points from my go at

-I had to disconnect the bottom tranny line from the Rad and the top one from underneath and left it still connected to the Rad

-I was able to leave the A/C Condenser right where it is, just took a little fandangling to get the old Rad out and the new one in

Here's a couple pics to show it
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Unread 11-17-2013, 07:18 PM   #18
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I did mine about 3 weeks ago and it was pretty painless but time consuming.

WARNING!! Do not attempt to disconnect the external trans cooler lines from the external cooler, no matter how tempting it may seem...I attempted to completely remove any/all components that were directly attached to the radiator and the bottom corner of the cooler broke off before the nut securing the line to the cooler broke loose. Long story short you are going to spend at least $30 in parts for a reasonable replacement and there will be some custom fabrication involved, plus it added an extra 2 hours to my job.
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Unread 11-17-2013, 07:21 PM   #19
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Did mine yesterday. I had a small crack on the side of the radiator. Where the composite is of course. A lot easier when you take the grill and front bumper cover off like the other posts recommends. Great tips!! Did mine like SuperStew11 did his.
Not sure if someone else said this but make sure you buy a thermostat before you start. I wasted an hour going to the dealers and buying one. I thought it would not be any easier to replace it when it's all apart. Better then going on you in the middle of winter. $20.00 pre-maintenance is well worth.
When I was doing this I saw my power steering box is leaking really bad. LOL Another project after the holidays.

Thank you everyone for their posts.
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Unread 11-18-2013, 07:18 PM   #20
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It might just be the high pressure PS hose. Common fail point..
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Unread 11-19-2013, 11:04 AM   #21
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It might just be the high pressure PS hose. Common fail point..
Replaced both hoses this summer. I can see it all over the side of the box. Already replaced power steering pump also. I was hoping it was just the hose. lol
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Unread 11-21-2013, 05:01 PM   #22
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Mine just blew a hole in itself on the way back from lunch, thankfully I work at a auto shop and we had nothing scheduled in our bay without a lift so I am getting to do mine at work...
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Unread 11-23-2013, 01:43 PM   #23
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I've just removed my rad from my 4.7 today over here in the UK. I didn't have a power steering cooler, my pipes ran in front of the rad and across and into the steering box (RHD instead of LHD). I managed to disconnect the cooler lines from the back of the radiator - gave up trying to split the hoses away from the pipes as a first attempt as they were stuck fast.

My rad was leaking from the bottom right corner, on closer inspection its an original radiator that has done 135k miles and the middle at the base has sagged down to the crossmember, That caused the bottom 7 or 8 rows to twist and sag and has ultimately caused a leak somewhere. When I put the new one back in I'm going to find something to support the middle spot at the bottom to prevent sag again.

Question from the floor, looking on Ebay for replacement radiators, some come with the male cooler connections, others look as though they don't. Can I remove the male connectors that are still on my existing rad if one I order arrives without them? Do they just screw into the rad?
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Unread 11-24-2013, 06:55 AM   #24
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I believe they do unscrew but the new one should come with the connectors. I'd say try unscrewing the ones off the Rad you just removed to see
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Unread 11-24-2013, 08:44 AM   #25
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Thanks for everyone's comments. This is my next task.
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Unread 07-27-2014, 10:34 AM   #26
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This will be my first real DIY repair. How would rate the level of difficulty? I don't want to get in over my head then have the vehicle towed (with accompany box of parts) to a repair shop.
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Unread 07-27-2014, 12:42 PM   #27
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I thought it was easy just take your time. Pics on here helps also. Look at them. If you can turn a wrench you can do this. If you get stuck take a pic and post it in here someone will help you. Good Luck....
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Unread 07-27-2014, 04:44 PM   #28
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I agree, look at the pics here, take your time, give yourself a lot of time to do it. It is fairly easy to do just time consuming
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Unread 07-27-2014, 08:57 PM   #29
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I thought it was easy just take your time. Pics on here helps also. Look at them. If you can turn a wrench you can do this. If you get stuck take a pic and post it in here someone will help you. Good Luck....
In agreeance with this as well. In fact, I think with most repairs, if you budget the time and are very punctual on labeling or taking pictures of things, most anything is doable if you can turn a wrench.

Beats pay the shop to do it, and you'll have a big smirk when you're done knowing you did something most won't
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