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Old 29 Aug 2014, 06:54 pm
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Hi,
I have a 2002 touring edition and need to replace the radiator....I have read that you do need to empty the ac coolant and I have read that you do not. Any help would be greatly appreciated. It is a manual transmission.
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Old 29 Aug 2014, 06:59 pm
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i had to almost take out my radiator to change a sensor. i would suggest draining it or you WILL have coolant everywhere. it is a pain but worth not having coolant on the floor while working. also there is a handy thread on here about bleeding the system and using HOAT over the green stuff. check those out for when you finish changing it.
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Old 29 Aug 2014, 07:07 pm
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sorry misread that thread. as far as the AC goes, i would have no idea on that.
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Old 29 Aug 2014, 07:16 pm
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I believe you can replace the radiator without losing all your freon. Sometimes the manual will call for this when it is not always necessary. I never break the AC system open unless I find there is no other choice. Recharge is just too expensive even if you do it yourself.
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Old 29 Aug 2014, 07:22 pm
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Its a little tight getting the two bolts out on each side but very dooable.
Leave the AC alone, it wold be an unnecessary expense.
Radiaors are about $115
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Old 30 Aug 2014, 12:55 am
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Just remember, when it comes to radiators you always want to go really really BIG!



PS: That's an oversized Chevy truck radiator. To use it on a PT Cruiser you would have to cut the whole nose off the car.

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Old 30 Aug 2014, 09:30 am
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Just remember, when it comes to radiators you always want to go really really BIG!
yea i upgraded my PT to this:



required a little trimming here and there. works great.
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Old 30 Aug 2014, 09:42 am
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Hi,
I have a 2002 touring edition and need to replace the radiator....I have read that you do need to empty the ac coolant and I have read that you do not. Any help would be greatly appreciated. It is a manual transmission.
Thanks
Mark
i did not evacuate the AC lines when i put my $54 radiator in. my car is manual too. it's not a bad job at all. took me 1 hour 40 minutes total

click here i made an animated picture of the job:
anybody try the $54 radiator

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