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Help with replacement of radiator on Dodge Caravan

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Help with replacement of radiator on Dodge Caravan
Submitted: 2 years ago.Category: Dodge
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Dodge Mechanic: Chris, Shop Foreman replied 2 years ago
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Hello and welcome to just answer. I am going to send you the procedures for replacing the radiator when I get home from work in about 20 minutes.

Chris

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Dodge Mechanic: Chris, Shop Foreman replied 2 years ago

Hello , below is a DropBox link that has the radiator info in it.

Copy and paste that link into your address bar and hit enter to see the procedure. Hopefully that will help.

Chris

https://www.dropbox.com/s/4mchhuhtwi4lr0t/RS%20radiator%20removal.doc?dl=0

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
This doesn't really show the issue that I;m having with the removal of the radiator.This show a different cut away then the one that I am trying to work with. I can pull the top of the radiator away from each other but it is the bottom that I am unable to seperate apart. All of the videos I watch online show that it should b easy once the bolts are loosened but that does't seem to be the case. Please give me more detailed instructios to resolve this issue. Thanks,
Dodge Mechanic: Chris, Shop Foreman replied 2 years ago

Are you able to lift the AC condenser straight up and away from the radiator? And set it in front of the radiator?

Chris

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
When I lift the unit by either the radiator or the condensor the whole thing wants to come up as a whole unit. I removed the bolts that hold the two togethether at the top already.
Dodge Mechanic: Chris, Shop Foreman replied 2 years ago

There are some tabs at the bottom of the radiator and condenser that will separate when you lift the condenser straight up. Have someone hold the radiator while you pull up on the condenser to separate them.

Chris

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Just to be sure what you are calling the a/c compressor is the fins that look like a small radiator in front of the radiator that are silver. I happen to have two of these in front of my radiator that one happens to be silver and the other is black and taller than the other. Does this sound right?
Dodge Mechanic: Chris, Shop Foreman replied 2 years ago

Yes. The larger one is the condenser, and the smaller one is the power steering or transmission cooler.

Chris

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Ok, I will have some help in the morning to have someone to hold the radiator so I can pull up the other ones. There not loose on there ow so we'll see how well it works then. Hopfully this will take care of the issue I;m havig and they will come loose.
Dodge Mechanic: Chris, Shop Foreman replied 2 years ago

Okay, let me know how it goes.

Chris

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
When I lift on the condenser and transmission cooler I get upwardward movement. However its not enough to free it from the radiator and the lines that are attached to it keep it from moving any further.. When I pull up on the radiator it does not move freely from the ac cooler.
Dodge Mechanic: Chris, Shop Foreman replied 2 years ago

Hmmmm, well maybe you will need to remove the ac and cooler lines from the condenser and remove the complete assembly. Then separate the 2. You would then need to evacuate and recharge the ac system after everything is back together.

Chris

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Well that sounds like an unreasonable requestif ist supposesed to work find the other way!
Dodge Mechanic: Chris, Shop Foreman replied 2 years ago

I am not there to see exactly why it won't lift up and away from the radiator, so I am just offering another suggestion so you can get the job done.

Chris

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
It seems like there would be one standard way to remove and put something together when it comes to something like this.
Dodge Mechanic: Chris, Shop Foreman replied 2 years ago

I agree. I wish I were there to look at it. If you want, I can opt out of the question so another expert can try to help you. Let me know.

Chris

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
You closed the conversation before I had time to respond to your last comment. I need to get this job done so I would like to take you up on your offer and see if another expert might be able to provide a prospective that I haven't tried yet. Thanks for your help.
Dodge Mechanic: Chris, Shop Foreman replied 2 years ago

Ok, sorry. I opted out so now another expert can try to help you out.

Chris

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