2003 dodge durango w/ac need replace radiator, besides draining radiator what do i remove first and how?

Mark Witham

Asked by Sep 16, 2016 at 12:40 PM about the 2003 Dodge Durango SLT 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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After draining coolant, remove upper and lower radiator hoses and transmission lines. Cap the trans lines to keep from dribbling fluid. Unbolt fan shroud and disconnect fan. You may have a fan shroud that separates, just lift out upper half. You may also have to remove front grill, to get to mounts for radiator/condenser. The grill uses push/pull plastic connectors. DO NOT disconnect AC condenser lines. If condenser is bolted to radiator just unbolt and lean it forward. They share same mounts but are separate assemblies. Once the lines are disconnected from radiator unbolt mounts and lift it out. May as well replace the thermostat while you got everything apart. PS if you've never removed a trans line from a radiator before, be sure to use two wrenches on it, otherwise you'll twist the line. This page may help you: http://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen-durango/269229-help-radiator-removal.html

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