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Spurlee

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I swapped out my leaking radiator this weekend using the instroctions I found here - they were spot on! it took just about an afternoon working at my usual leisurely pace.

(Rock Auto: $175 with 2 hoses. Be careful, there's an error in their catalog regarding later El Dorado's. They owe me $160 but I'm sure they're good for it.)

I wasn't prepared for all the new plumbing - two lines each for oil cooling I guess, one set on each side. Easy enough, but lots of room for error in working with brass-to-aluminum fittings in hard to reach places. I'll bet a lot of people cross thread the things.

Anyway, I fired it up and apparently completely forgot to connect one of the oil lines - half a pint later I noticed it. Not a big problem - that's what keeps me from being a professional.

The instructions were good and I'd encourage anyone to take on the task.

Scott

Scott

1996 El Dorado

2006 STS

2000 Corvette

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Yes, it is quite a few connections and a lot of crap in the way compared to the old days! I replaced my 98 Tahoe's tired radiator this weekend, and it has the oil and trans cooler lines on either side as well. I actually thought about that as I was connecting them up... "man, that would make a mess if you forgot to connect one of these!" :o Sorry you had to be the guy Spurlee!

Well, I had a more serious mishap as I slipped with the utility knife as I was rushing to try and get this new upper hose cut. The rain had started, and I had tools laying out all over the driveway... Bad move! :unsure: I sliced halfway into the tip of my index finger, it stopped when the blade hit the nail I think. I had to go to the ER as the clinic was closed, and they actually glued it closed vs. stiching it! :blink: It doesn't look to bad, just a little swollen and I actually finished the radiator job today! :rolleyes:

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I know the feeling of getting a deep (to the bone cut) on the finger. I reached into a bathroom wall to run a coax cable, & I found my dads discarded rasor blades (dropped down the wall from the slot in the medicine cabinet) - I didn't know thats what that slot was untill this happened to me. Anyway, for a minute, I thought I was bit or something, the pain was just so overwhelming. luckily it was my finger tip, and it healed 100%

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Spurlee,

The extra plumbing you mention is oil cooler one one side and trans fluid cooler on the other.

Larry: I see. Then the little cooler that's in the very front of the A/C condensor must be the P/S cooler, right? Lots 'o plumbing. I guess I lost enough trans fluid to consider draining the thing anyway. I'll have to search here to see if it's a DIY event.

Spruce: Sorry to hear about your finger. When I was a young man I learned not to sit cross legged and draw a shop knife toward you while holding the hose in your lap.

Scott

Scott

1996 El Dorado

2006 STS

2000 Corvette

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Spurlee,

The extra plumbing you mention is oil cooler one one side and trans fluid cooler on the other.

Larry: I see. Then the little cooler that's in the very front of the A/C condensor must be the P/S cooler, right? Lots 'o plumbing. I guess I lost enough trans fluid to consider draining the thing anyway. I'll have to search here to see if it's a DIY event.

Spruce: Sorry to hear about your finger. When I was a young man I learned not to sit cross legged and draw a shop knife toward you while holding the hose in your lap.

Scott

Yes, I think that might be a P/S fluid cooler.

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