The method of removing and changing a radiator in a 1989 Dodge Dakota truck is not as hard a job as it sounds. Even a girl can do this task. It is a key repair that could price you hundreds of dollars but understanding is 50 percent the fight. This is a action by stage account of the removing and replacement of that radiator.
You will want the adhering to tools:
three/8″ dual generate ratchet
three/eight to 1/4″ adapter
7/16″ x 1/4″ socket
1/2″ x one/four” socket
6″ x 1/four” extension
Increase the hood of the truck and location the prop in the slot on the hood to secure it in area. If the radiator has drinking water or coolant in it, you will have to drain it. Do this by positioning the drain pan under the remaining facet of the radiator and finding the drain plug on the bottom of the radiator. It does not arrive out, simply loosens to let the h2o to drain. Soon after the water and coolant has drained, find the hose that operates from the prime of the radiator to the reservoir. Pull the hose from the radiator but go away it linked to the reservoir.
Identify the 2 clamps that connect the radiator to the body. These will be found on the top of the radiator the place the radiator touches the physique. Remove these 2 clips with the flathead screwdriver and lay them to the aspect or on top of the air breather so they do not get dropped.
Track down the 2 bolts that connect the shroud to the radiator. You will discover these a little much more than 50 percent way down the back on each and every aspect of the radiator. The bolt on the correct, under the fill spout, is easiest to get to and can be taken out from the leading. The other aspect will call for you to lay on your again on the floor and use the ratchet with at least a 6″ lengthy extension. Place your 3/8″ to one/4″ adapter on the ratchet. Pop the seven/16″ x 1/four” socket on the adapter and remove the bolt on the proper, then eliminate the socket and spot the extension on the adapter and area the socket on the extension. Get rid of the other bolt on the remaining facet of the radiator.
Lay down on the floor on your back again and locate the two transmission cooler lines on the bottom of the radiator. You will find 1 on each facet of the radiator on the base. Spot the drain pan underneath the radiator. With the flathead screwdriver loosen the screw on the clamp that retains the rubber line onto the fitting. Consider the pliers and squeeze the rubber hose and move it close to the fitting and pull again on it at the exact same time. These are not straightforward to remove but you do not want to lower the hose until it is break up. Hold making an attempt simply because it will take a few of minutes of maneuvering to get these off.
While still lying on the floor, identify the bottom radiator hose. Yet again, consider the screwdriver and loosen the screw that retains the clamp in area. Using each arms, flip and pull up and down on the hose until finally it is free of charge. H2o will operate out of this hose because it goes to the motor. Allow it to drain into the drain pan.
On the leading of the radiator, track down the two bolts that connect the radiator to the human body. Use the one/2″ x 1/4″ socket on the ratchet and remove them. Place these in the identical place you spot all the other bolts and clips. Grasp the radiator by each and every facet and raise it out of the cavity.
Remove the two rubber bumpers the top bolts were via on the outdated radiator. Take away the identical 2 bumpers on the new radiator and place the aged kinds in their area. If you noticed, the new kinds were wider than the old kinds and would not let the bolt to get to the body of the truck. Grasp the new radiator the specific same way you did the aged a single to take away it. Now place the new one in the cavity and make sure the base tabs are in the slots they belong in on the bottom.
Start off at the base of the radiator and reconnect all the hoses. To do this, smear a small sum of transmission fluid onto the cooler traces fittings and push the line back again onto the fitting. Tighten the screw on the clamp with the screwdriver. No fluid is necessary for the base radiator hose. Slide it on to the fitting and tighten the screw on the clamp with the screwdriver. Make sure these hoses are tight so there are no leaks.
Identify the bolts that came out of the sides of the radiator and change them making use of the identical socket and ratchet combination as you employed when getting rid of them.
On the prime of the radiator, substitute the top radiator hose and tighten the clamp. Make sure it is limited so it does not leak. Replace the 2 clips that came out of the slots on the best. Now substitute the 2 bolts on the top with the very same blend as you utilized when eliminating them. Location one gallon of anti-freeze and coolant in the radiator. Fill the relaxation of the way with water.
Start the truck. It need to heat up swiftly. As the water in the radiator goes down, pour a lot more into the radiator. It will amazing the radiator off quickly and near the thermostat. Enable the temperature to warmth up once more. This will lead to the drinking water in the radiator to be pushed out. Merely location your hand in excess of the spout and try to preserve it from getting rid of extremely significantly h2o. When it has heated up, refill the radiator with water. Location the radiator cap on the spout and you are completely ready for the road after once again.
This procedure must not just take longer than 40 minutes whole time. In less than an hour you taken off your aged radiator and replaced it with a new a single. The exact identical occupation a shop would charge you $250 for you did and it only cost you a tiny time and a gallon of anti-freeze and coolant in addition the price of the radiator. You saved yourself no much less than $a hundred.