How to Remove a Dodge Intrepid Radiatorby Russell Wood
The radiator installed in a Dodge Intrepid is a cooling vessel for the coolant that circulates through the engine. Because of its placement in the front of the car, it's prone to impact and other damage from accidents. If the radiator gets damaged or corrodes from the inside out, then it won't be able to properly do its job, and the Intrepid could overheat. To fix the problem, you have to remove the radiator to get it repaired or to replace it with a new one.
Allow the engine to cool down for at least three hours or until you can hold your bare palm on the radiator cap without feeling warmth. Put a drain pan below the radiator. Open the petcock on the bottom of the radiator and drain out the coolant into the pan.
Remove the upper radiator hose clamp from the upper radiator hose using the pliers, or the flat-head screwdriver if the Intrepid's original-equipment clamp has been replaced. Unbolt the radiator panels from the radiator using the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket. Then unplug the radiator fan connection by hand and unbolt the radiator fan using the ratchet. Remove the fan from the area.
Lift up the front of the Intrepid using the jack. Place a jack stand on either side of the chassis, under the frame rails, then lower the car onto the stands. Remove the hose clamp on the lower radiator hose using the pliers or the flat-head screwdriver. Unbolt the lower condenser bolts from the condenser using the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket and an open-end wrench. Lower the car off the jack stands with the jack.
Unbolt the upper radiator and condenser mounting bolts, using the ratchet and a wrench. Pull the condenser away from the radiator. Angle the top of the radiator toward the firewall and engine, then lift it up and away from the car.
Things You'll Need
- Drain pan
- Flat-head screwdriver
- 3/8-inch ratchet and socket set
- Jack stands
- Open-end wrench set
- Do not ever work on a vehicle with a hot cooling system, or you risk burning yourself.
Russell Wood is a writer and photographer who attended Arizona State University. He has been building custom cars and trucks since 1994, including several cover vehicles. In 2000 Wood started a career as a writer, and since then he has dedicated his business to writing and photographing cars and trucks, as well as helping people learn more about how vehicles work.