Originally Posted by tipstir
How did you change the upper and lower radiator hoses? Most of the front end seems covered.
1. Drain Radiator completely - with cool engine!
2. Remove upper radiator support - requires you to remove two headlights, window wash fill neck, cruise control bracket, about 8 bolts, and a few plastic plugs on the bumper fascia, as you raise the support you can remove two bolts holding on the hood latch. (piece of cake :icon_cry
3. Loosen the nuts on the A/C vbelt idler pulley, Alt/PS idler pump vbelt pulley. Do not remove them. loosen the adjusters, remove the belts. This is so you get more room to work and don't spill any coolant on the belts, it will ruin them.
4. remove the upper trans cooling line from the radiator, you may get a small amount of trans fluid leaking out, plug the line with the proper size bolt and move it out of the way.
5. remove the 4 bolts that hold in the radiator fan module, unplug the fan connector, remove fan module.
6. remove the upper radiator hose.
7. to access the lower radiator hose I removed the alternator - make sure your battery ground is disconnected. I also removed my battery positive connections to be safe. From the alternator remove the electrical cable and plug, then two bolts to persuade the alternator out. Now you can reach the bottom hose a bit easier.
8. Replace the hoses, wash off the vbelt pulley, serpentine belt pulley, harmonic balancer, alternator pulley, and A/C pulley if you got any
coolant on them, and allow to dry. (good time to replace belts - $35, and inspect idler pulleys)
9. Reverse the procedure to reassemble.
If you take your time and label things, should take less than 3 hours the first time. I found the toughest part was the lower radiator hose engine connection spring clamp. Tough to get off and back on with the new hose.