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How to remove Radiator???

I have a hole in my radiator so I need to remove it to either patch the hole or replace the whole radiator all together. I have tried some glass copper stopleak and some alumiseal and neither has worked. I can see the water shooting out of the radiator so I need a new one or I can just patch it and save $140. I was just seeing if anyone could give me a heads up on how to do it or what I have to do. I'm sure its pretty basic though. Remove the top metal covers then remove the hoses and pull the radiator out. any info would help me out. Thankyou so much.
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Don't try to patch your radiator. It would have been preferred not to put stop leak in, but too late now, and probably no damage done. Get a new Redi-Rad. See FSM for R&R. There are a few little tight spots, but take your time.
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If you find the how-to thread about doing the timing belt job, the removal steps for that will get you to the radiator.
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I have a hole in my radiator so I need to remove it to either patch the hole or replace the whole radiator all together. I have tried some glass copper stopleak and some alumiseal and neither has worked. I can see the water shooting out of the radiator so I need a new one or I can just patch it and save $140. I was just seeing if anyone could give me a heads up on how to do it or what I have to do. I'm sure its pretty basic though. Remove the top metal covers then remove the hoses and pull the radiator out. any info would help me out. Thankyou so much.
I second the no patch comment!

Yes to remove the radiator:
1. take off the radiator support (metal thing). 10 bolts or so. The latch is on the radiator support so you might need to remove the bumper cover and unbolt the latch so that you can lift the radiator support off clean.
2. Remove the hoses. The bottom one maybe a little difficult to access. The hose clamps are VERY annoying.
3. There are two?? 10mm bolts holding the condenser to the radiator. You can get them from the front. Remove them. Then you can lift the condenser up an inch or so so that it will separate from the radiator.
4. Now you can basically lift the radiator and the fan out together. If you prefer, there are 4 10mm bolts holding the fan to the radiator. Remove them and you can lift the fan out first and then the radiator.

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Thanks for the help. I'm sure when I try and pull it out it will be pretty easy. But I will take your steps. Also, why is everyone opposed to just patching the radiator and using stop leaks for the radiator?
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I don't know where the hole is in your radiator, but the plastic tanks are known for cracking when they get to be the age of our cars. If you plan on keeping the car, it is probably a better plan just to replace the radiator. It is very unusual for stop leaks to work on anything more than a *very* temporary basis, plus they can clog things up.
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Yeah, That is true. I am not sure if its leaking from plastic or metal. I put my finger on the hole and still cant tell if its metal or plastic. I was talking with a guy from Autozone and he said that the patch is supposed to be permanent. But if it keeps leaking then I guess I will just replace it. It only leaks every once in awhile. I was just sitting in a parking lot with the car on when it started to leak. Then I filled the radiator up and drove a few miles and it was not leaking anymore. Thats why I am reluctant on just buying a new one.
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Where are you putting your finger? Over by a headlight, or in the middle?

What kind of patch is it? The 'patch' should be perminant, but that doesn't mean that it will cover all of the offending area, or that it will stick the first time. If it sticks and covers it all, then yes, it will be pretty perminant... BUT - if it is a crack in the plastic, I seriously doubt you will be able to keep the crack from propegating... even with a patch on the top, if the plastic is stressed, the crack will easily pass beyond the patch and you'll be back at square one.

Just go buy a new rad and keep it in the garage or trunk... then swap it when the one you have installed rips open.

But then again, the sudden leak... could it have been that you got some air in the system, and the expansion tank just burped some fluid to the ground? When you had the leak, where'd you see it at?
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I understand what your saying. I put some "alumaseal" in there and it has not leaked since then. If I get the leak again then I will just buy a new Radiator and put it in. I'd rather just get a new one instead of messing around with a patch and all that B.S.
The leak is not a drip, It is like a spurt and shoots out of the hole. It is plastic where the water is spurting from. If it every happens again then I'll post a video of it. It really seams like that ALUMASEAL worked because I drove the car 200 miles and the car didnt get hot or leak at all.

THIS PIC IS LOOKING DOWN INTO THE ENGINE BAY FROM THE FRONT LEFT OF CAR.


THIS PIC IS FROM INSIDE THE ENGINE BAY LOOKING TOWARD THE FRONT OF THE ENGINE BAY. AT THE RADIATOR

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Yup, in the plastic part of the tank, not an uncommon leak point...

if it leaks again, drop in a new rad...
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