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How to Replace a Radiator (Complete Guide)

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Leaking Radiator? Learn how to replace a radiator in your car or truck. Radiator replacement is easy and I show you how to replace your radiator hoses, thermostat, water pump and coolant.

How to Super Flush your Cooling System:–5ft5YiHg

CarQuest LIFETIME warranty Radiator:
Hose Clamps:
Radiator Hoses:
No Spill Funnel:
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Thanks Advance Auto Parts for providing the radiator and supporting cooling system parts so I could make the video!

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37 thoughts on “How to Replace a Radiator (Complete Guide)

  1. Get your daily "FIX" here on Instagram (like the turbo kit I am about to post):

    Also, I got another discount code for 25% off your entire order from Advance Auto… Use code "RADIATOR" for 25% off anything (not just radiators). I got that code for you guys and for myself lol… I dont make any money off of it and the idea is to try to make fixing your car even more affordable, so put it to good use!!!

  2. In 2013 I needed to replace the radiator on my 2000 Neon because it was leaking at the top. Since I only just started working on vehicles it was a learning experience. It took me a few hours so not to bad, but when I removed a line I had no idea why black oil was pouring out. It was the transmission fluid going to the radiator to be cooled which I had no idea about. Good thing I did that because the fluid was very burnt lol. I learned so much on that car. My brothers 2001 Neon needed a radiator in 2015 or 2016. Did that far faster than mine lol.

  3. Is it pretty for you to do a video on adding a transmission radiator? I have a jeep compass and the transmission overheats during hot summer days and it's a pain.

  4. Hoo boy it was a chore to do this on my Mustang. I found out that you can't get the fan out without removing the radiator first and the fan is almost up against it making it difficult to actually get the radiator out and put the new one in. (Bad design). The radiator hoses were fine, but I had to cut off the old transmission cooler lines and then replace them when it came time to put it back together. Before this job I already had my old thermostat replaced because the old one had a hole in it and the heat wasn't working properly. Its about a year later now and the engine doesn't overheat or leak coolant but the coolant is dirty from the sealer dad used and my heat has stopped working again. I put in concentrate and mixed it myself with distilled water after I drained it (the old coolant was also green before the sealer was used but it slowly lost coolant which got worse over time). So I will still need to flush the system including the heater core.

  5. Excellent, narration, excellent camera angles, excellent confirmations (when removing something and then saying "good")- A Class instructor, Excellent videos, great use of language. I can't thank you enough Chris, very well done for one of the greatest series of videos on this subject.

  6. Cris, when you say simple it actually is simple. Many people are scared to work on cars cause they think they might break something and it's really complicated, but you explain everything in such detail that "it really is that simple."

  7. Thanks for your videos man. I just replaced the radiator, all hoses for silicones, thermostat, sensors – just a complete cooling system overhaul on my Saab 900 OG. And everything worked on first try 🙂

  8. Hey Chris,

    I just wanted to say thanks so much for making these videos. I've already saved hundreds changing oil, cleaning the MAF, cleaning batteries, restoring headlights, flushing radiators brake lines and transmissions in my car. Will replace the wife's hybrid battery too, when that happens. I follow the mantra "do it once, do it right" and I'm glad you show the complete methods (torquing, threadlocking, etc).

    Haven't owned a car in 6 years (until now) so working on this thing has been a blast because of your vids.

    Thanks for your time and effort buddy, it impacts plenty of us!

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