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Replace Radiator 1996 Es300

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How do i replace the radiator? I have a crack in the top plastic cap near the upper hose. Can the crack be repaired? I assume I need to replace it? Is it hard to do?

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Lou

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Lou the radiator is relatively easy to replace, disconnect the ground connector from the battery, remove the splash shields under the front of the car, drain the coolant by removing the radiator cap, then opening the drain valve on the left bottom of the radiator, remove the upper and lower radiator hoses, disconnect the lines from the Automatic Trans to the bottom of the radiator, disconnect the hydraulic lines to the fan, remove the to clamps on the top of the radiator, remove the radiator, while you have it out, clean everything nice and shiny, (makes it easier to put together) reverse the process to install it.... if you plan on keeping the car see if you can find a metal radiator.....if not then go with the plastic.... good luck, hope this helps

capn

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Do not try to repair a plastic tank, at best it would only be a band-aid. I picked up a new aftermarket rad off ebay for ~$70. Fits fine and has worked fine for over a year. Don't forget to buy some transmission fluid when you do the change, you will lose a little when you disconnect the cooling lines.

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