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Old 07-01-2010, 05:11 PM
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Replace Radiator

I'm looking to replace the radiator in my '94' Si. Is it possible to just disconnect the hoses on the upper engine side (4 hoses I believe), remove the upper brackets, and the pull the radiator upwards and out? That way I can avoid disconnecting 3 of the hoses that are at the bottom of the radiator. Or is this wishful thinking?

Also, do you have any recommendations on a good quality low cost radiator?
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Old 07-01-2010, 07:54 PM
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you only have to disconnect the hose ON the radiator. You shouldnt have to disconnect them on the engine. ther should only be two. one at the top and one at the bottum in opposite corners. There are also oil lines going to it which will need to be taken off to get the radiator out.

If you are looking for something cheap then go junkyard shopping. If you dont want a used one then they have 20 dollar new radiators on ebay.
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you only have to disconnect the hose ON the radiator. You shouldnt have to disconnect them on the engine. ther should only be two. one at the top and one at the bottum in opposite corners. There are also oil lines going to it which will need to be taken off to get the radiator out.

If you are looking for something cheap then go junkyard shopping. If you dont want a used one then they have 20 dollar new radiators on ebay.
there's the one on top and bottom like previous poster said opposite corners and also the atf hose...if I'm not mistaken?
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I just viewed the radiators on ebay for $25 and $20 shipping. What's the catch? Are they decent radiators at that price?

Autozone was listing at $125.00.
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Re: Replace Radiator

never buy ebay radiators.

just wasting money.

radiator is an important part of thecar, you dont wanna go cheap on that.
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I just viewed the radiators on ebay for $25 and $20 shipping. What's the catch? Are they decent radiators at that price?

Autozone was listing at $125.00.


there's no catch. they're just shiitty ass radiators, that's all

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there's the one on top and bottom like previous poster said opposite corners and also the atf hose...if I'm not mistaken?
The ATF line is there only if you have an automatic transmission -- for manuals, it's just the upper and lower hoses. You'll also have to disconnect the electrical connections for the fans -- the fans themselves are attached to the radiator. It's easier to pull the whole thing out and remove the fans from the rad than it is to remove them while the rad's in the car (at which point you'd take them out anyhow).

None of it's difficult -- by the third radiator, I could do the complete swap, refill and bleed the cooling system in just over 30 minutes. :)
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