1994 4cyl Radiator replacement

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Old 23 Jul 2006, 08:01 pm   #1 (permalink)
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I haven't done many car repairs in recent years, haven't really had to
since I started driving Camrys! But in bygone years I've done my share of
it. My daughter has driven my old '94 for several years and it now needs
a new radiator. From what I've been able to find on the group, it looks
pretty straight forward, drain the coolant, disconnect the hoses, disconnect
the trans cooling lines and fan wiring, pull it out and remove the fans,
then reverse the steps to install the replacement.

Any gotchas I should be worried about? She doesn't have bunches of money as
a college student, and I can't afford to give her a lot of help at this
point either.

Thanks for any advice!

Mark


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Old 24 Jul 2006, 01:01 am   #2 (permalink)
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AutoZone's free online repair guide offers an additional source of
information:

http://www.autozone.com/servlet/UiBr...3d8013e409.jsp

Also replace the thermostat, use Toyota OEM for this part. Use OEM
coolant. If it's concentrated, add only distilled water. Change out the
coolant hoses. I prefer the excellent Gates hoses (and belts).

http://www.gates.com/index.cfm?location_id=541

Good time to check the radiator and condenser fans and make sure they
actually work. (See AutoZone's free guide).

Radiator and condenser fins bend easily and cooling tubes are soft
aluminum. Exercise care. Check www.rockauto.com for current prices on
radiators. Koyo is a good alternative. Use a new radiator cap,
preferrably one with a spring loaded metal vacuum valve, not a loose
plastic vacuum valve.




Mark wrote:
> I haven't done many car repairs in recent years, haven't really had to
> since I started driving Camrys! But in bygone years I've done my share of
> it. My daughter has driven my old '94 for several years and it now needs
> a new radiator. From what I've been able to find on the group, it looks
> pretty straight forward, drain the coolant, disconnect the hoses, disconnect
> the trans cooling lines and fan wiring, pull it out and remove the fans,
> then reverse the steps to install the replacement.
>
> Any gotchas I should be worried about? She doesn't have bunches of money as
> a college student, and I can't afford to give her a lot of help at this
> point either.
>
> Thanks for any advice!
>
> Mark


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Old 24 Jul 2006, 07:11 am   #3 (permalink)
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Yes use a Toy thermostat, ive had many non OEM defective, I would do a
chemical flush with the old radiator in to remove scale. If the Rad is
bad replace all water hoses.

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Old 24 Jul 2006, 08:47 pm   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks! This really helps. I picked up a new radiator at the local NAPA,
their price was about the average from what I saw online, and I really don't
have the time to wait on shipping. I pulled the old radiator this evening
and the instructions really helped.

On problem - the bottom of the radiator rests on what looks like two large
rubber 'rings'. These are so decomposed the are hardly recognizable. In
fact I think they may have come apart, with one part staying in the car and
the other sticking to the small 'leg' on the bottom of the radiator.
Probably the effect of 12 years of Ohio salt & grime.

I did some searching and can't find these on any of the parts sites. From
the pictures of new units, they don't seem to be supplied with any of the
new ones either. Any thoughts on this? I was going to stop at the dealer
to see what their parts-guy had to offer.

Thanks again for the feedback Felt pretty good to wrench on a car again
after all these years!

Mark
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> AutoZone's free online repair guide offers an additional source of
> information:
>
> http://www.autozone.com/servlet/UiBr...3d8013e409.jsp
>
> Also replace the thermostat, use Toyota OEM for this part. Use OEM
> coolant. If it's concentrated, add only distilled water. Change out the
> coolant hoses. I prefer the excellent Gates hoses (and belts).
>
> http://www.gates.com/index.cfm?location_id=541
>
> Good time to check the radiator and condenser fans and make sure they
> actually work. (See AutoZone's free guide).
>
> Radiator and condenser fins bend easily and cooling tubes are soft
> aluminum. Exercise care. Check www.rockauto.com for current prices on
> radiators. Koyo is a good alternative. Use a new radiator cap,
> preferrably one with a spring loaded metal vacuum valve, not a loose
> plastic vacuum valve.
>
>
>
>
> Mark wrote:
>> I haven't done many car repairs in recent years, haven't really had to
>> since I started driving Camrys! But in bygone years I've done my share
>> of
>> it. My daughter has driven my old '94 for several years and it now
>> needs
>> a new radiator. From what I've been able to find on the group, it looks
>> pretty straight forward, drain the coolant, disconnect the hoses,
>> disconnect
>> the trans cooling lines and fan wiring, pull it out and remove the fans,
>> then reverse the steps to install the replacement.
>>
>> Any gotchas I should be worried about? She doesn't have bunches of money
>> as
>> a college student, and I can't afford to give her a lot of help at this
>> point either.
>>
>> Thanks for any advice!
>>
>> Mark

>



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Old 24 Jul 2006, 10:04 pm   #5 (permalink)
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As far as the radiator rubber feet go, I think that's a dealer only
part (I have not checked to see the standard-looking rubber parts are
in local auto parts stores.) No radiators I bought ever came with
these. You should be able to "slide" these rubber feet in by just
removing the top clamps and moving the rad just a bit upward. It's
amazing how much free room these rads got.

NAPA's rad should be a Modine radiator, now renamed Proliance. Modine
makes excellent radiators with a lifetime warranty and are usually
twice the online price I mentioned. You must have gotten a good deal.


Mark wrote:
> Thanks! This really helps. I picked up a new radiator at the local NAPA,
> their price was about the average from what I saw online, and I really don't
> have the time to wait on shipping. I pulled the old radiator this evening
> and the instructions really helped.
>
> On problem - the bottom of the radiator rests on what looks like two large
> rubber 'rings'. These are so decomposed the are hardly recognizable. In
> fact I think they may have come apart, with one part staying in the car and
> the other sticking to the small 'leg' on the bottom of the radiator.
> Probably the effect of 12 years of Ohio salt & grime.
>
> I did some searching and can't find these on any of the parts sites. From
> the pictures of new units, they don't seem to be supplied with any of the
> new ones either. Any thoughts on this? I was going to stop at the dealer
> to see what their parts-guy had to offer.
>
> Thanks again for the feedback Felt pretty good to wrench on a car again
> after all these years!
>
> Mark


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Old 26 Jul 2006, 06:53 pm   #6 (permalink)
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johngdole@hotmail.com wrote:
> As far as the radiator rubber feet go, I think that's a dealer only
> part (I have not checked to see the standard-looking rubber parts are
> in local auto parts stores.) No radiators I bought ever came with
> these. You should be able to "slide" these rubber feet in by just
> removing the top clamps and moving the rad just a bit upward. It's
> amazing how much free room these rads got.
>
> NAPA's rad should be a Modine radiator, now renamed Proliance. Modine
> makes excellent radiators with a lifetime warranty and are usually
> twice the online price I mentioned. You must have gotten a good deal.


My area NAPA (oregon) usually have two lines, one about 20 percent
higher than the "standard part."

The parts counter guy locally has a great term he uses for the premium
line, but can't remember it off hand.

Except for something like an oil or air filter, I can really see the
difference with the premium line. I think the premium fuel pump weighed
twice as much as the standard.

For the filters, since I replace them pretty regularly anyway, I go
with the cheaper product.

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