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Old 01-29-2004, 01:12 AM   #1
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Hey all I am a new 92 Bonneville SSEi owner. I just found out after owning it for only 2 weeks I have a small crack in my radiator and it needs to be replaced. When searching for prices I came across a
1. Radiator w/o coolant lvl sensor or oil cooler
2. Radiator w/ coolant sensor w/o oil cooler
3. Radiator w/o coolant sensor w/ oil cooler

My problem is that I am pretty sure that I have 2. stock in it already. NOT POSSATIVE. but for a replacment what should I put in it. Still 2. or what should I go with. I am not looking for performance or anything at the moment just something that will get me around and is ment to be there. CAN ANYONE PLZ HELP?
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I would say you have #3, BUT I may be wrong. All SSEi'* should have the radiator with the oil cooler but I'm not sure if 1992'* had them.
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Pete'* on the right track........you should have both the oil cooler AND the coolant sensor on either an SSEi or an SSE of that year. My reasoning is that the 92/93 SSE and SSEi used the same GM part number : 52462631

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GM PART # 52462631
CATEGORY: Radiator-(to a business address only)
PACK QTY: 1 CORE CHARGE: $0.00
GM LIST: $484.31
OUR PRICE: $242.15
DESCRIPTION: RADIATOR
This is from www.gmpartsdirect.com and does NOT include shipping. My car is a 93 SSEi, and has both the oil cooler and the coolant sensor, and if my book is correct, yours should too. Anyone else with a 92 that can confirm this?
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I just went throught this a few months ago myself.
Yes, it should have the coolant level sensor that snaps-in (not included with a new radiator; use old one), plus oil fittings and tranny fluid fittings.

Make sure that you get the one with the plastic side tanks, too, and preferably a brand such as Modine that has a lifetime warranty.

Installing it yourself isn't too hard, maybe 1 hour to do, and the only thing to be careful of is not cross-threading the cooler line fittings.
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What does "oil cooler" mean? Is that the transmission fluid cooler?
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No, the radiator on the SSEi has 3 separate compartments - the center one for coolant, one on one side for engine oil, and one on the other side for tranny fluid.
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I know this is an old thread but it is the best one for my situation. I just ordered a ACDELCO radiator for my 94 SSEi, part number 20690. Is this correct radiator for my car? I ordered it off of AUTOPARTS GIANTS.com.
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It is old..next time please start a new thread.

When standing in front of your car as Jr'* mentions in the thread, ensure you have the oil lines and level sensor in the radiator. Then check your part number to ensure it says oil cooler and level sensor.
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GM part numbers change, as does our knowledge year over year. This is from 2004. Please do as suggested and start a new topic.
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