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Old 11-06-2012, 12:01 PM   #1
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Cracked radiator

Getting ready to swap it out, it's the usual passenger side plastic crack....any tips or tricks?
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Old 11-06-2012, 12:29 PM   #2
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You mean as far as swapping the radiator or trying to repair the old one? I'm assuming install. Nothing out of the ordinary comes to mind. Just catch pan and expect to spill something at some point in time.
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Old 11-06-2012, 12:37 PM   #3
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Here's all of the radiator threads I've contributed to. Good info inthese from other members. These have tips and tricks that have been verified by other folks that have pulled their defective radiators.

http://www.ls1gto.com/forums/search....rchid=13938688

The condenser tabs will fight you. I propose you break them on the radiator side to make removal stupid easy. I've swapped two rads on my car and those tabs are PITA unless you just break them off.
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Awesome thanks guys, went pretty smooth coming out, it's too dark to finish now though. Are OEM radiators universal? My car is M6, and my new radiator has the tranny cooling line bungs in it, I called the guy I got it from and he said they all have them...
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Yes 04s have those. Just leave them open - no need to plug them.
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Awesome thanks guys, went pretty smooth coming out, it's too dark to finish now though. Are OEM radiators universal? My car is M6, and my new radiator has the tranny cooling line bungs in it, I called the guy I got it from and he said they all have them...

The reason they install tranny coolers in all the radiators is to cut down on inventory. As one radiator will fit cars with 2 different trannys.
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Yes 04s have those. Just leave them open - no need to plug them.

True, it's not necessary to plug the tranny cooler holes, but as a precaution I normally do on any of the radiator installs I've done. The "fins" for the cooler inside of the reservoir do have coolant running past them, no reason to tempt fate.
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Old 11-08-2012, 08:21 PM   #8
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Everything went smooth, I picked up a 160* thermostat from Oreillys as well, gonna throw it in this weekend. Thanks for the input.
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