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Old 11-03-2006, 02:04 PM   #11
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LOL!!!! I guess that works. you make it sound easier than what it really is.
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Have you ever seen Bill in action? He'* done these things a few times before...
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Im in Cali. I havnt seen him work but I trust that people here are extremly skilled in what they do. Im just sayin crap. im in a wierd good mood. Sorry.....
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LOL!!!! I guess that works. you make it sound easier than what it really is.
I didn't list the watch your hands and don't cut yourself steps.. but basically.. that'* the process.

OH>> I missed 3 bolts. From the fans to the radiator cover.

And air tools help.
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WOW!!!! LOOK AT THE TIME OF THOSE POSTS!!!!!
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I second the suggestion to remove the passenger side fan. I tried to do mine without it but the lower transmission line just wasn't lining up right and I was having to futz with it so I removed it to give me more arm room. It helped a lot.

If you have adaptor fittings for the transmission line, I also would suggest using a little thread sealer on those. I didn't but I now have a little leak around the adaptor. I've pulled the top one and taped it and that took care of it. The bottom one will just have to wait for daylight hours hopefully this weekend.
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First off, thanks for yalls replys and tips. i would have responded sooner but I dont have access to a computer 24/7. Im gonna get started on this as soon as I finish my coffee and steal my dads car to run off to autozone and pick up a new rad. Boosty, as far as you changin a radiator in 9 minutes...that seems a little quick but I have no doubts you can probably do it. Some of the things Ive read from you and other people about you say you are quite the mechanic and gear head. This project of mine Im thinkin is gonna take about 45 minutes as Im not quite as mechanically inclined as most of yall but it beats the hell outta going to a shop and letting them take me for a ride as far as my wallet goes.

Motorhead, thanks for the tip about the plugs on the new radiator to plug up the old one. I would never have opened the box to the new radiator before I started except to measure the legnth and to make sure it had the transmission cooler. That tip was probably the best one of all.

Thanks everyone! Ill time myself and compare it to Boosty'* and see how much more I need to improve on my mechanic skills. Ill let yall know how it turns out.

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Try radiators.com for the part. The site has an interactive chatroom-type deal to ask about the radiator. I just got one for the old lady'* (yeecch!) Altima for $115 delivered.

During the chatroom-style interface where the "guy" is chatting about your car, ask if he'* a robot. He is! I got a $25 discount for asking that.

I ordered it at 9 AM and it was delivered by 3PM. We're in the same area, I'm in Gilroy.

If you need help on this and it can wait until the weekend, gimme a PM and I can run over.
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OH>> I missed 3 bolts. From the fans to the radiator cover.
No wonder your car is faster than mine - my car has 4 bolts from the fans to the rad cover...you're only packin' 3/4 of the weight I am!
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