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1992-1999 Series I L27 (1992-1994 SE,SLE, SSE) & Series II L36 (1995-1999 SE, SSE, SLE) and common problems for the Series I and II L67 (all supercharged models 92-99) Including Olds 88's, Olds LSS's and Buick Lesabres Please use General Chat for non-mechanical issues, and Performance and Brainstorming for improvements.

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Old 06-16-2006, 08:43 AM   #11
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wj, the install on the 92-95 SSEi'* is a bit more involved and complicated than yours, the 3-core radiators are very difficult to find (they only made 5000 a year), and I wouldn't trust a junkyard radiator. My personal preference.

In addition, GET THAT DEXCOOL out of your car. That'* the worst thing you could have put in there.

I would replace it myself, but I'm comfortable with that kind of stuff.
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Jeff...

I'm going to be swapping my radiator as a test extremely soon. Actually since you have an issue..I'll try and push it up to tonight. I'll take pictures etc.

To swap an SSEi radiator..
Drain coolant (you can use the drain **** or disconnect lower radiator hose)
Unplug the coolant level sensor connector
Disconnect transmission lines (usually a 17mm wrench)
Disconnect the oil lines (probably that same wrench or a 18-19mm)
Unscrew lower radiator hose clamp (done easiest with 2 feet of extensions and an 8mm socket)
Remove hose from radiator
Remove top radiator hose from radiator (should be a spring clamp, pliers work pretty well)
Unbolt the 3 bolts for the fan to radiator cover (all 10mm and right at the top of the engine bay)
Unbolt the 4 bolt for the radiator cover (10mm) and remove cover.
Lift radiator out of car.
Put new one in, reconnect and refill system.

This should take someone with little mechanical ability and minimal tools an hour and a couple of beers.

As mentioned..I'll snap pictures tonight if I have time to do it.
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