Cracked plastic radiator on 1996 LE 2.2L 4 Cylinder

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Old 27 Sep 2011, 08:24 am   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone changed the radiator on the 1992-1996 generation 4 cylinder?

How involved is it?
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Old 27 Sep 2011, 08:15 pm   #2 (permalink)
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SMS wrote:
> Anyone changed the radiator on the 1992-1996 generation 4 cylinder?
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> How involved is it?


Haven't done it, but having just spent a few hours under the hood on
timing belt and water pump, the radiator looks dead easy.

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Old 28 Sep 2011, 04:13 am   #3 (permalink)
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"SMS" <scharf.steven@geemail.com> wrote in message
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> Anyone changed the radiator on the 1992-1996 generation 4 cylinder?
>
> How involved is it?


Hi,

I changed mine on a 1995 2.2 4 Cyl CAMRY a couple of years ago.
Toyota wanted 230 plus for the radiator alone.
I bought a copy from a local radiator factory place for 84.
It fitted with no problem all the fixing holes were spot on.
I did replace all the hoses with new Toyota ones.
It is mounted on 2 rubber vibration mounts.
Both mine were shot so I replaced them to, but it took days to get them
from TOYOTA.

There is also an oil cooler for the auto box within it to.

But its quite an easy job.

Johnny UK


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Old 29 Sep 2011, 03:42 am   #4 (permalink)
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On 9/28/2011 2:13 AM, Johnny Melvin wrote:
> "SMS"<scharf.steven@geemail.com> wrote in message
> news:4e81ce99$0$1699$742ec2ed@news.sonic.net...
>> Anyone changed the radiator on the 1992-1996 generation 4 cylinder?
>>
>> How involved is it?

>
> Hi,
>
> I changed mine on a 1995 2.2 4 Cyl CAMRY a couple of years ago.
> Toyota wanted 230 plus for the radiator alone.
> I bought a copy from a local radiator factory place for 84.
> It fitted with no problem all the fixing holes were spot on.
> I did replace all the hoses with new Toyota ones.
> It is mounted on 2 rubber vibration mounts.
> Both mine were shot so I replaced them to, but it took days to get them
> from TOYOTA.
>
> There is also an oil cooler for the auto box within it to.
>
> But its quite an easy job.
>
> Johnny UK
>
>


Thanks.

Had it done today. Aftermarket radiator, new aftermarket hoses, new
Toyota cap, and Toyota thermostat, and Toyota coolant for $300 total
with labor, as well as fuel fill-up.

It did look easy, but I gave the job to my brother-in-laws repair shop.
He said I was lucky to get 140K miles on it and that they usually fail
by 100K miles. He also said that he sees a lot of people that glue the
crack with JB Weld and get quite a few thousand more miles out of the
plastic radiators, which was surprising since I thought the pressure and
heat would cause the glue to fail quickly. He normally want to use only
genuine Toyota parts, but for the radiator and hoses he said that the
Toyota pricing was exorbitant (retail is $671 for the radiator and he'd
pay nearly $400, rather than $115 for the aftermarket) and it was not
worth the extra cost, in terms of longevity, especially for a vehicle
that's already 15 years old.
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Old 29 Sep 2011, 04:42 pm   #5 (permalink)
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"SMS" <scharf.steven@geemail.com> wrote in message >
> It did look easy, but I gave the job to my brother-in-laws repair shop.


It is sometimes really good to have a brother in law.
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