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PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2005 3:10 pm    Post subject: Instructions for Changing the Radiator? Reply with quote

Does anyone have instructions for changing the radiator on a 2000/2001 MPV 2.5 liter?

My radiator is leaking, and I need to replace it. I want to buy one for $190 at Advance Auto Parts, and change it myself. But I need the instructions.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2005 10:16 pm    Post subject: Re: Instructions for Changing the Radiator? Reply with quote

Hang on a bit, holiday and all can sometimes make an answer to your question not immediate. Someone will be able to help you out, that I'm sure of.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2005 5:26 am    Post subject: Re: Instructions for Changing the Radiator? Reply with quote

See attached PDFs

whee, so many of them for one little radiator, but once I started I could not stop, why I do this I don't know. Those mighty few know how much I edit the stuff to make it look nice. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2005 5:29 am    Post subject: Re: Instructions for Changing the Radiator? Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2005 5:30 am    Post subject: Re: Instructions for Changing the Radiator? Reply with quote

... and one more and we are DONE!
2002 Mazda MPV ES Sunlight Silver Zoom-Zoom
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2005 3:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Instructions for Changing the Radiator? Reply with quote

Thanks. It turned out that Advance Auto Parts wanted over $300 for the radiator... No way...

I finally found one from Rockauto.com for $152, plus $7 shipping, and no sales tax. So, $159 bottom line for a new radiator shipped to my door. I should get it next week. I've used rockauto.com before, they are cheap and ship the parts out quick.

I'll let you know how it goes when I change it next week.

I finally got a digital camera for the Holidays. Maybe I'll take some pics of the process and post them here.

Thanks again for the instructions.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2005 11:30 pm    Post subject: Re: Instructions for Changing the Radiator? Reply with quote

Thats alot of work.how many labor hours whould that be?hope mine don't go out any time soon.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2005 12:11 am    Post subject: Re: Instructions for Changing the Radiator? Reply with quote

I'll let you know how many hours once I do it.

I removed the grill to have a closer look. I think I can change the radiator by just removing the grill, radiator brackets, and hood latch. Then just remove the hoses and radiator shroud, and lifting it straight up and out. I'm thinking I can get away without having to remove the bumper, headlights, quarter panel, and such as described in the pdf's. I'm hoping for some shortcuts, if I find any I'll post them.

I changed both radiator fan motors a couple months ago. They took about 8 hours to do. I'm hoping the radiator won't be that hard.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2005 2:35 pm    Post subject: Re: Instructions for Changing the Radiator? Reply with quote

Total Time from Start to Finish: 5 hours.

Parts and Materials:

    Radiator from Rockauto.com for $152.
    One Gallon Antifreeze.


Tools needed:

    Socket Wrench.
    10 mm socket.
    10 mm deep socket.
    12 mm socket.
    Socket Extension.
    10 mm open end wrench.
    Small Flat Head screwdriver.
    Large Flat Head screwdriver.
    Medium phillips screwdriver.
    Larger Plyers.
    Medium Plyers.
    Needle Nose Plyers.


Instructions:

* Before starting the job: Disconnect the negative battery terminal. Then drain the existing coolant based on the standard instructions in your owner's manual.

1. Order new radiator from Rockauto.com:


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2005 2:37 pm    Post subject: Re: Instructions for Changing the Radiator? Reply with quote

2. Remove radiator grill:

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2005 2:39 pm    Post subject: Re: Instructions for Changing the Radiator? Reply with quote

3. Remove both left and right Combination Lights:

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2005 2:44 pm    Post subject: Re: Instructions for Changing the Radiator? Reply with quote

4. Remove Bumper:

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2005 2:45 pm    Post subject: Re: Instructions for Changing the Radiator? Reply with quote

5. Remove Radiator Brackets.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2005 2:46 pm    Post subject: Re: Instructions for Changing the Radiator? Reply with quote

6. Remove hoses from Coolant Recovery Bucket.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2005 2:50 pm    Post subject: Re: Instructions for Changing the Radiator? Reply with quote

7. Remove Upper and Lower Radiator Hoses. I had to remove the battery and the battery hold down box so I could get better access to the other end of the Upper Radiator Hose. I removed the Lower Radiator Hose from the bottom of the Radiator.

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