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I can't find a step by step with pics and I desperately need to remove and clean my 1990 radiator but don't want to screw anything up! About to drive to NC from TX!!!! Thanks for all & any help guys!!!! Also, thinking to use the Water Wetter stuff alot of you have had success with already!
 

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I couldn't find a step by step but it's pretty straight forward. The thing you need to pay attention to is the 3 small screws down each side of the housing when you take the top off. Hard to get to but not impossible.
 

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Thanks for the reply Raid. I found this video on youtube "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcdlQ-mByQ8" after I posted this question. It looks pretty simple so I'm gonna give it a go in the O'Reily's parking lot tomorrow because the @$$holes down the street wanted 120 bucks to do this! I told them they're high and the only reason I couldn't do it is because I'm not allowed to work on cars where I live. Well. I'm moving out so I'm finding somewhere else to work on it.
 

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And this is probably stupid but do you have to use a flare nut wrench? What will happen if I use a regular wrench?
 

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If you want my advice, i always take photografs with my cellphone when i dont really feel safe
So then when i put everything together i can always look at the pictures.
Take your time and work slowly and you should be fine.
 

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Thanks for the reply Raid. I found this video on youtube "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcdlQ-mByQ8" after I posted this question. It looks pretty simple so I'm gonna give it a go in the O'Reily's parking lot tomorrow because the @$$holes down the street wanted 120 bucks to do this! I told them they're high and the only reason I couldn't do it is because I'm not allowed to work on cars where I live. Well. I'm moving out so I'm finding somewhere else to work on it.
That translates to about an hour. Not really bad, per se when you consider that they have to drain the coolant and dispose it, etc, etc.
 

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Yesterday I got the new radiator and took everything apart except for the last line. The nut is stripped!!!! It's the bottom most metal line on the passenger side and it is metal and very thin. I believe it leads to the transmission. Anyway, I had to reconnect everything and clean the old core as best as I could. Any tips on removing a stripped nut? I didn't want to completely destroy it and have to replace the entire metal line!!!!!!! What a sh*tty night it turnened into!!!!! I'm driving from El Paso, TX to Fayetteville, NC right now! Logged in on Texas free wifi! Got to get back on the road!!!!
 

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Only real option now is lots of spray penatrant and some vise grips. If you lightly grab it with vise grips you should be fine. You'll ruin the fitting but you will be able to reinstall it and not worry about it for a few years.
 

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Any tips on removing a stripped nut? I didn't want to completely destroy it and have to replace the entire metal line
Why would you have to replace the entire line? Can't you cut a part of it off and put a compression fitting (I think that is what it is called) and run a new section of line? Kinda like a solid brake hose?
 

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Thanks for the advice Raid. My buddy was saying the same thing Aklim. I'm gonna have to look up some options. I know there's kits to replace the line, but I def don't want to pay for someone to have to drop the tranny....I will post whatever I can find.
 

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IN THE FUTURE WHEN DEALING WITH FLARE NUTS, IF THEY ARE NOT EASILY TURNED, STOP AND FOLLOW THIS PROCEDURE
read the link
http://forum.grumpysperformance.com/viewtopic.php?f=50&t=3545&p=9418#p9418

(1) spray with
http://www.freealloil.com/

(2) heat briefly with propane torch

(3) spray with
http://www.freealloil.com/

(4) wait 5 minutes MINIMUM and RE-SPRAY with
http://www.freealloil.com/

(5)spray with
http://www.loctitefreezeandrelease.com/
and imeadiately


(6) USE THE CORRECT WRENCH

http://www.csnstores.com/asp/show_detail.asp?sku=IHI1184

 

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Problem is they're already stripped. Don't think the flare nut wrenches will work but the rest is gold. Thanks for the advice Grump!
 
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