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Old 09-19-2017, 08:58 PM   #1
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radiator leaking, how hard to replace?

noticed a few drips on my driveway and took a peek at work today. bottom left of the radiator is dripping. anything else i should do while everything is apart?
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Old 09-20-2017, 08:44 AM   #2
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not sure but I got a radiator for sale if you need one.
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Old 09-20-2017, 09:47 AM   #3
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It's not terrible. About the same as an intercooler job. You have to remove the bumper and front clip/core support. Fairly straight forward though.
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Old 09-20-2017, 08:53 PM   #4
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I did NOT have to remove the front bumper. It's not a hard job, trickiest part for me was getting by one of the a/c lines. Everything else was straightforward.
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my subframe has been out twice without replacing any bolts and I don't have subframe clunks and my world hasn't ended and my car hasn't blown up.
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Old 09-20-2017, 09:15 PM   #5
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I never took apart my front bumper before and it took a buddy and I 3-4 hours. If I was to do it now I could do it in half the time. Taking off the bumper is probably the worst part since there are so many stupid little screws and clips that hold that thing in.
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Old 09-21-2017, 09:37 AM   #6
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I did NOT have to remove the front bumper. It's not a hard job, trickiest part for me was getting by one of the a/c lines. Everything else was straightforward.
please explain
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nevermind looked it up. Interesting. I never thought to take the rad out from that side, seems like it would almost be harder that way being so cramped. Who knows.

I've taken the bumper off dozens of times, not sure why people think it's such a big deal to do so. Comes off so easy and never broke any tabs that people talk about.
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Old 09-21-2017, 11:23 AM   #8
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nevermind looked it up. Interesting. I never thought to take the rad out from that side, seems like it would almost be harder that way being so cramped. Who knows.

I've taken the bumper off dozens of times, not sure why people think it's such a big deal to do so. Comes off so easy and never broke any tabs that people talk about.
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Well the radiator is on the engine side, so I pulled the fans and unbolted it. I don't remember any problems removing it except that one a/c line. Replaced with a Nissens unit a couple years ago, no issues so far.
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Old 09-28-2017, 09:46 PM   #10
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did the radiator without removing the bumper. took the fan off and had plenty of room to get it out. not sure why people said you had to remove the bumper/
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