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Old 03-09-2009, 10:00 AM   #1
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someone tell me something about replacing my radiator. mine has some rot on it, and i noticed yesterday when you're not on the throttle, it starts warming up a little. i have flushed and cleaned the cores, but i think the rot is just getting to be too much for it.


SO...should i just go with somehting like this eBay Motors: 1990 1991 JEEP WRANGLER YJ 2.5 L4 ALL ALUMINUM RADIATOR (item 250365398983 end time Mar-30-09 18:25:17 PDT)

or is there some form of upgrade. i dont have a helluva lot of time for fabbing chit up since i have a run in like....2-3 weeks.

also, money is a key consideration.......my jeep sees little to no highway, it is pretty much a toy only.

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Old 03-09-2009, 04:49 PM   #2
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it's not hard, just takes some time. drain your coolant, and stick a garden hose where you fill the radiator and let some fresh water run through the engine to clean it before you pull the radiator. there are some clips that hold the radiator to the grille that broke when i removed mine, so i had to get some nuts&bolts to re mount it properly. If you're using the stock clutch fan, that will have to come off and the shroud as well. When I did mine, i went ahead and put a new thermostat in...i think it is a 190* or 195* if your water pump hasn't gone yet you might want to just put one on while your coolant is drained and you're working in that general area.

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You could have the radiator re-cored locally for a decent price probably, it depends on how bad it is though. I agree with checking out the water pump. Overtime the fins corrode and the pump becomes less efficient.
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I just replaced mine, 155 bucks..If you want to up grade get a 3 core. But you shouldn't need it. It's not hard to do.
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Old 03-10-2009, 08:27 AM   #5
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i found this little Chinese jewel for 81 bucks with free shipping and ordered it today. http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/_Car-...1%7C240%3A1318

good idea on the water pump. i'll do it too.
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