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Old 07-01-2006, 12:50 AM   #1
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I have occasional steam coming from the radiator when I stop my car. It doesnt last long, and it isnt a great amount either. I notice it in colder weather. It doesnt happen often, the radiator looks dry... just wondering if I should worry about it...

On another issue...I installed ceramic pads and new Reybestus rotors....I didnt get the vented rotors....Was that a mistake? There is a lot of heat in my front end coming from the wheel wells, and a hot heated metal burning smell...am I in trouble?
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check your coolant mix

ALL rotors are vented...do you mean slotted or drilled?

and the smell might be your pads...mine kinda smell like burning rubber..
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On the steam. keep an eye on the radiator....sounds like you might have a pinhole in it.

Brakes.. you don't need special rotors, the Raybestos ones are very good. Shouldn't be a problem, however keep an eye out for any issues. Maybe a hung caliper or something odd.
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Is it a pain to replace? I see two fans and other lines attached..ughh.The last radiator I replaced was on an AMC Hornet..very basic....I wish I had a motorhead friend...
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Is it a pain to replace? I see two fans and other lines attached..ughh.The last radiator I replaced was on an AMC Hornet..very basic....I wish I had a motorhead friend...
this rad is prolly the easiest that i have seen...i would say no more that a 20 min job....

remove the plastic cover that is on the core support with the 10mm bolts
remove the 6 bolts that hold on the fans (3 per fan)
undo the electrical connection on the fans
undo the electrical connection that is on the drivers side bottom of the rad
clamp off the lower and upper rad hoses (so you dont loose massive amounts of coolant)
lift rad straight up out of car...

reverse process for installation
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Cool man. That'* great. If its 20 min for you, I trust it will be longer for me, but I think I will tackle it......
I would also change the hoses since I am this far into it. What do you think of that idea? Any problems there? I should prolly drain the fluid first?
If I remember back on my first and only rad. replacement, there was a copper fitting at the bottom that I had to be sure not to kink while I removed it. It this true with the bonnie?
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On a side note, my last experience with repairs was the serpentine belt....It came out ok because I cut it, but I didnt realize the engine mount needed to be removed.....that was an all day job with my brother-in-law.
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