How to Remove the Radiator From Cars

by Contributing Writer

The Lincoln car is a mid-sized sedan manufactured by the Ford Motor Company. The Lincoln car model year was its first year in production. The radiator on the Lincoln car cools the engine during operation so it doesn't become too hot and seize up. When the radiator begins to fail, the Lincoln car will overheat, which can lead to worse damage. Removing the radiator so that you can repair it or install a new part is something you can do at home in less than an hour, though it helps to have previous auto-repair experience.

Under The Hood:

 How to Remove the Radiator From a Dodge Diesel

Open the hood on the Dodge and place the catch pan on the ground, directly below the lower radiator hose. Climb underneath and loosen the hose clamp on the lower radiator hose where it connects to the radiator, using the socket set.

Pull the lower radiator hose off the radiator by hand and aim the hose end into the catch pan so the coolant in the hose will pour into the pan.

Open the radiator petcock, located on the lower back corner of the radiator, using the pliers, then let the coolant drain from the radiator.

Climb out and loosen the hose clamp on the upper radiator hose where it connects to the radiator, using the socket set. Pull the hose off and aim the hose end down at the catch pan until the coolant has flowed out of the hose and into the pan.

Unbolt the transmission cooler lines from the radiator side tank using the box wrenches if your Dodge Diesel has a transmission cooler in the radiator.

Unbolt the fan shroud and radiator shroud using the socket set. Lift the shrouds off the vehicle and set them aside. Unbolt the radiator from the mounting brackets using the socket set.

Pull the radiator up and out of the Dodge by hand. If you're reinstalling it, make sure to place it somewhere safe as radiators damage easily.

Items you will need

  • Catch pan

  • Socket set

  • Pliers

  • Box wrench set (optional)

 How to Remove the Radiator on a 1998 Mercury Sable

Disconnect the battery, loosening the cable clamp and removing the negative (black) cable and then the positive (red) one. Remove the battery and then unbolt/remove the battery tray with your wrench.

Draw a line around the hood latch with a marker to mark its position and then unbolt and remove the latch.

Raise the car's front end and support it on jack stands. Place a container under the radiator at the drain fitting, remove the fitting and drain the coolant into the container.

Unbolt and remove the inner fender liners in the wheel wells with your wrench. Remove all the fasteners for the front bumper cover with your wrench/screwdriver/pliers and remove the bumper.

Unbolt and remove the radiator splash shield below the radiator, then remove the bulkhead at the very front end of the engine compartment; the latter has 13 bolts and 2 clips.

Remove the upper and lower radiator hoses -- loosening their clamps with pliers -- and the transmission cooler lines; they will require a special tool from an auto parts store.

Remove the power steering cooler with your wrench, then disconnect the transmission cooler bracket and move the cooler aside.

Remove the two bolts connecting the radiator to the condenser, then remove the two lower radiator screws with your screwdriver. Lower and remove the radiator from the car from underneath.

Items you will need

  • Floor jack

  • Jack stands

  • Marker

  • Large container

  • Wrench

  • Screwdriver

  • Pliers

  • Transmission line removal tool

 How to Remove the Radiator From a 2000 Lincoln LS

Park the Lincoln LS on a flat surface and set the parking brake. Open the hood and secure it in position with the hood prop. Disconnect the negative battery cable with a socket wrench. Let the engine cool if it has been running.

Twist open the radiator cap to release pressure. Set a bucket under the radiator's drain plug. Remove the drain plug with a socket wrench and allow all of the coolant to drain.

Loosen the hose clamps on the upper and lower radiator hoses with a flat-head screwdriver. Disconnect the upper and lower radiator hoses.

Remove the two bolts holding the upper radiator sight shield in place with a socket wrench. Remove the upper radiator sight shield. Disconnect the air cleaner outlet tube by pulling it free.

Remove the two bolts in each of the radiator support brackets. Remove the support brackets. Brace the radiator with a free hand or have an assistant help to keep it from falling.

Lift the radiator and fan assembly out of the Lincoln LS until the electrical connections on the rear of the fan assembly are accessible. Disconnect the electrical connections, then remove the radiator from the vehicle.

Items you will need

  • Socket wrench

  • Bucket or drain pan

  • Flat-head screwdriver

 How to Remove a Radiator in a 2000 Pontiac Sunfire

Disconnect the car's negative battery cable.

Raise the car and support it on jack stands. Unbolt and remove the splash shield using a wrench (likely a Torx wrench).

Open the screw-like drain petcock from the bottom of the radiator and let the engine coolant drain into a drain pan or other large container.

Detach the upper transmission cooler line, using a wrench on the fittings if needed, and plug the lines with rubber. Disconnect the upper radiator hose and the overflow hose from the radiator.

Tie a piece of mechanic's wire or other strong wire to the air conditioning condenser to support it.

Remove the mounting bolt for the cooling fan with your wrench. Disconnect the electrical connector and remove the fan from out the bottom of the car.

Disconnect the lower radiator hose from the radiator followed by the lower transmission cooler line. Remove the suspension support arm's front bolt, loosen its rear bolt and swing the arm out of the way.

Remove the retaining clips on the radiator support bar for both the wire harness and the splash shield. Unbolt and remove the support bar with the wrench, then have an assistant support the radiator as you remove the bolts connecting it to the condenser.

Lower and remove the radiator out from the bottom of the car.

Items you will need

  • Floor jack

  • Jack stands

  • Torx wrench

  • Large container

  • Wrench

  • Rubber plugs

  • Strong wire

 How to Remove a Radiator From a Cadillac STS

Unfasten the negative battery cable of the Cadillac STS from the battery post with an open-end wrench. Locate the drain valve at the bottom of the radiator and place a drain pan underneath the drain valve.

Remove the radiator cap from the top of the radiator. Take the cap off the coolant overflow reservoir on the passenger side of the engine compartment. Open the drain valve at the bottom of the radiator with a pair of pliers and allow the radiator to drain completely into the drain pan.

Unfasten the screw clamps on the upper and lower radiator hoses with a screwdriver. Pull the hoses off the radiator flanges, using a screwdriver to pry them off the radiator.

Disconnect the transmission cooling line from the back of the radiator near the bottom, using an open-end wrench to remove the line. Pull it away gently from the radiator by hand, just enough so it doesn't get hung up when you remove the radiator.

Unfasten the cooling fan cover mounting bolts from the vehicle frame with a socket wrench. Disconnect the cooling fan electrical wiring plug from the electrical connector by hand.

Detach the radiator mounting bolts from the vehicle frame with a socket wrench. Lift the radiator out of the Cadillac STS engine compartment and set it out of the way.

Items you will need

  • Open-end wrench

  • Drain pan

  • Pliers

  • Screwdriver

  • Socket wrench set

 How do I Remove the Radiator from a Nissan Titan Truck?

Turn the key to the "On" position, but do not start the truck. Set the heater temperature control level to the hottest setting. Turn the ignition off after about 10 seconds and remove the key from the ignition.

Use a socket wrench to remove the engine undercover. Depending on the model of your truck, you will need to remove either two or three bolts.

Place the drain pan underneath the radiator drain plug, located on the passenger side of the radiator. Turn the drain plug counterclockwise to open it and remove the radiator cap.

Once the radiator finishes draining, move the pan beneath the engine drain plug. It is located on the passenger side of the engine, just below the manifold. Remove the bolt and let it drain. Apply high performance thread sealant to the drain plug and reinstall it.

Remove the two bolts from the front of the top engine cover. Then remove the cover.

Detach the upper portion of the air cleaner assembly from the lower portion. Three plastic clips hold the two portions together. Follow the air duct to where it attaches with a metal hose clamp. Use a Phillips screwdriver to loosen the clamp and detach the duct. Remove the duct and upper air cleaner from the engine compartment.

Remove the air filter from the bottom portion of the air filter. Lift it out and set it aside. Remove the two outside bolts and one inside bolt from the lower portion of the air cleaner. Then remove the air cleaner.

Detach the automatic transmission fluid hose from the bottom left of the radiator. Unscrew the nut with the wrench and remove the line. Insert a piece of foam or similar substance into the transmission hose to prevent fluid from leaking out.

Loosen the lower radiator hose clamp with a Phillips screwdriver and detach the hose from the driver side of the radiator. Remove the lower radiator shroud by lifting up the three plastic tabs attached to the upper shroud and pulling the shroud up and back.

Loosen the clamp on the upper radiator hose and detach it from the passenger side of the radiator. Disconnect the reservoir hose from the filler neck. Remove the two bolts from the top of the upper radiator shroud and pull the shroud up out of the engine compartment.

Remove the two upper radiator mounting bolts and the rubber shrouds. Access these bolts from the openings at the top of the grille. Remove the two bolts holding the air conditioner condenser to the radiator. Carefully rotate the condenser out of the way.

Remove the two bolts from the top and the two bolts from the bottom of the automatic transmission fluid cooler and rotate it out of the way.

Lift the radiator straight up and out of the engine compartment, taking care not to damage the condenser, A/T fluid cooler or lines.

Items you will need

  • Drain pan

  • Socket set

  • Phillips screwdriver

  • Wrench

 How to Remove the Radiator From a Honda Civic

Raise the front of the Civic up with a jack, and place a jack stand under each side behind the tires so that the frame rests on the stands.

Drain the coolant from the radiator into a pan or bucket. If the coolant is new or in good condition, save and reuse it.

Disconnect the cooling fan switch by unplugging the electrical connection. Remove the hoses to the radiator by loosening the hose clamps near the end of the hoses with pliers. Remove the cooling fan.

Unbolt the bolts at the top of the radiator near the top crossmember of the Civic. If your Civic has air conditioning, unbolt the bracket that connects the air conditioning refrigerant.

Lift the radiator out carefully so the edges and sharp corners don't scratch the paint on the Civic.

Items you will need

  • Screwdriver

  • Ratchet/socket set

  • Catch pan or bucket

  • Jack

  • Jack stands

  • Pliers

 How to Remove the Radiator on a Volvo S40

Detach the negative battery cable of the Volvo S40 from the battery post before attempting to remove the radiator. Locate the drain valve on the bottom of the radiator tank and place a drain pan underneath the valve.

Remove the radiator cap from the top of the radiator. Take the cap off the coolant overflow reservoir on the passenger's side of the engine compartment and open the drain valve at the bottom of the radiator tank with a pair of pliers to let the radiator fluid drain out.

Unfasten the screw clamps around the upper and lower radiator hoses with a screwdriver. Pry the hoses off the radiator flanges with the screwdriver.

Remove the cooling fan mounting screws from the vehicle's frame with a screwdriver, leaving the cooling fan attached to the radiator. Locate the electrical wiring connector plug to the cooling fan and unplug it.

Locate the mounting bolts for the radiator on the vehicle's frame and detach the bolts with a socket wrench. Lift the radiator out of the Volvo S40 engine compartment and set it aside.

Items you will need

  • Open-end wrench

  • Drain pan

  • Pliers

  • Screwdriver

  • Socket wrench set

 How to Remove a Radiator From a PT Cruiser

Detach the air intake hose from the air cleaner of the PT Cruiser by pulling the hose straight out by hand.

Take the air cleaner housing off the top of the engine by removing the nut with a pair of pliers.

Disconnect the positive and negative battery cables from the car's battery with an open-ended wrench and lift the battery out of the engine compartment, setting it out of the way.

Locate the drain valve cock on the bottom of the radiator, and place a drain pan underneath the valve.

Remove the radiator cap from the top of the radiator by turning the cap by hand and lifting it off. Take the cap off the coolant overflow tank the same way.

Turn the drain valve on the bottom of the radiator with the open-ended wrench and allow the fluid to drain into the drain pan.

Locate the transmission coolant lines next to the drain valve and loosen the lines with the open-ended wrench, allowing the coolant to drain into the pan.

Disconnect the electrical plug of the radiator cooling fan by pulling the electrical connector away from the fan by hand.

Locate the upper and lower radiator hoses and unscrew the screw clamps with a screwdriver, then disconnect the hoses from the radiator.

Detach the bolts that are holding the fan blade shroud from around the fan blade with a socket wrench and remove the shroud.

Locate the transmission oil cooler lines that are attached to the radiator and remove the fasteners with a pair of pliers.

Find the cross members that are holding the radiator in place and use a socket wrench to remove the cross members.

Locate and unfasten all bolts that are holding the radiator to the vehicle frame and lift the radiator out of the engine compartment of the Chrysler PT Cruiser.

Items you will need

  • Pliers

  • Open-ended wrench

  • rain pan

  • Screwdriver

  • Socket wrench set

 How to Remove the Radiator in a Suburban

Allow the Suburban's engine to cool, as a hot radiator and hot antifreeze can cause serious injury.

Remove the radiator's cap. The cap is located on the top of the radiator and can be removed by turning it in a counterclockwise direction.

Drain the radiator by turning the drain cock located at the bottom of the radiator in a counterclockwise direction with a wrench.

Remove the overflow tank's hose, if so equipped. Modern Suburban's utilize an antifreeze overflow tank, which sits to the side of the radiator. At the bottom of this tank is a rubber hose. Trace the hose from the tank to the radiator, then loosen the clamp which secures the hose to the radiator. The clamp is held in place with a screw. Turn the screw on the clamp with a screwdriver, then pull the hose away from the radiator to remove it.

Disconnect the upper and lower radiator hoses from the radiator. Both hoses are held in place with a hose clamp, which can be loosened in the same manner described in step 4. Once the hose clamps have been loosened, pull the radiator hoses away from the radiator.

Disconnect the electric fan, if so equipped. Modern Suburban's use an electric fan which attaches directly to the radiator. Locate the wires which extend from the fan, then trace those wires to the wiring loom. Press the clips on either side of the wiring loom and simultaneously pull the fan's wires away from the wiring loom.

Remove the radiator's mounting bolts. The mounting bolts are used to attach the radiator to the engine bay. There are typically four mounting bolts, one at each corner of the radiator. Remove the bolts with a wrench, then lift the radiator up and away from the engine bay to complete the removal process.

Items you will need

  • Wrench

  • Screwdriver