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Updated by Lindsey Christiansen on Mar 13, 2013
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Five Easy Steps to Fix your Car Radiator

Has your engine been overheating to the point where your car ceases to function? You may have a serious problem with your car’s radiator. Listen up and follow these simple steps to change out your radiator on your own.

1

Prep

Prep

The first step is to disconnect the battery from the cables that are attached to the motor. No matter where you live, from Utah to Mississippi, if you do not disconnect the battery, you could get shocked or the fan could start. You should also prepare by removing the radiator fluid from the bottom of the radiator and disconnecting all of the wires that are connected to the radiator fan.

2

Remove The Fan

Remove The Fan

Once the fan is disconnected, you can remove the fan from the vehicle and start to unbolt the hoses that connect the radiator to the transmission. Whether you drive a Ford or a Maserati, there should be several hoses connected.

3

Remove Hoses

Remove Hoses

Continue to remove hoses, clamps and all other items that are connected to the radiator. Pull the radiator in an upright position and place the new radiator in the appropriate space. Align it properly and then place all the screws in it to hold it in place. If you drive a Ford you should be able to clearly see where the alignment should be and escape the possibility of placing the radiator in crooked.

4

Reattach

Reattach

Reattach the line that runs from the radiator to the transmission. Once all hoses are attached to the new radiator and the clamps are securely fastened, then the fan can be attached to the radiator and all electrical wires can be reconnected to the appropriate location. Most vehicles, whether a Toyota or a Ford, should have identifiable wires that allow you to easily put them back where they belong.

5

Fluid

Fluid

Be sure the radiator is filled with the appropriate fluid and then you can reconnect the battery and allow the battery to idle for a few minutes. Idling will ensure that the fluid is properly distributed throughout the engine. Check for leaks and you are all set! If you live in Utah or any other place where snow is prevalent, be sure to find a safe, dry spot where you can change your radiator. Set aside three hours in which you can escape and change your radiator in peace.

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